Posted by Tom Fornelli
It's a good thing Purdue wide receiver Cortez Smith finished his senior season in 2010, because if he had any eligibility left, there's a strong chance he'd find himself on the bench for a few games next season. Smith was arrested on suspicion of battery on January 26 after allegedly punching a man in the face outside a bar in West Lafayette on January 21.
According to witness reports, Smith had been involved in an argument with a man outside of Brothers Bar and Grill, when Wabash College student Charles Kelly tried to intervene and calm things down. Kelly was then thanked by Smith with a punch to the face. A punch that left Kelly with some facial fractures.
"According to everyone else, (Kelly) was not aggressive and never touched Cortez," said West Lafayette detective Troy Harris. "We're not sure of the exact exchange of words or what was said. We do know that Cortez punched him in the face once. The facial fractures were the result of that one punch."
Smith was released from jail on a $5,000 surety bond. Charges have not been filed as of now, but that's because the county prosecutor is still reviewing the case. Also, the severity of Kelly's injuries will have a say in what charges are filed, if any. Batter causing bodily injury is a Class A misdemeanor in Indiana, but battery causing serious bodily injury is a Class C felony. I don't know about you, but I'd consider "facial fractures" to be a serious bodily injury.