Former Raiders first-rounder charged with murder

Anthony Smith, who played defensive end for the Raiders from 1991 through 1997, faces murder charges in connection with the 2008 killing of a man in Southern California.

Smith, 43, was charged along with Charles Eric Honest and Dewann Wesley White in the murder of Maurilio Ponce.

He appeared in 98 games with 49 starts for the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders.  Smith notched double-digit sacks in each of his first three seasons, with a career high of 13 in 1992.

Smith was the eleventh overall pick in the 1990 draft.

54 responses to “Former Raiders first-rounder charged with murder

  1. Wasn’t he convicted of voluntary manslaughter back in the 90’s? Why is he out to begin with?

  2. i KNEW there was something about that guy!
    Well, you knew he had to have played for either the Raiders or the Patriots.

  3. Wow… last time I remember about him, he was quickly fading with the Raiders after becoming a born-again, along with his then newlywed wife, Denise Mathews (aka Vanity). As with many former Raider first rounders, Smith really flashed from time to time. I can recall two games at Seattle, where he logged four sacks, each time. Then he, like Napoleon Kaufman after him, found God and got into that whole NFL Sundays versus church tug of war. To think, this has happened TWICE to the Raiders and Undead Al, and both were first rounders. I don’t think this has ever happened to any other NFL clubs even once, as far as I can remember. Raiderkarma.

    Think it’s safe to say, the whole Christian thing didn’t take for Mr. Smith, at least on a long-term basis.

  4. I thought they finally charged JaMarcus for murdering the Raiders front office. It’s a crime how much money he stole from them.

  5. terrible news. Raider Nation hold your head up…some of the Raiders have lived up to the image in the wrong way. This is not the Raider Way, never has been never will be. Forget NWA and all that swagger, this was just wrong.

  6. I bet he was permanently traumatized by the 51-3 Buffalo Bills playoff thumping of his team, he never was the same.

  7. skoobyfl says: Mar 4, 2011 10:20 PM
    I bet he was permanently traumatized by the 51-3 Buffalo Bills playoff thumping of his team, he never was the same.

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    That was probably it.

    Or maybe it would be it if that hadn’t happened 4 months before he was drafted by the Raiders.

  8. He was a good guy in LA but changed for the worst once he, and the Raiders, went to Oakland. Solution–Send his @ss upstate 4 Life and move the Raiders back to LA where Raiders Nation resides 4 Life!!!

  9. philriverslovespenis says:Mar 4, 2011 9:29 PM

    Only a Raider could find a way to be a loser even in retirement.

    I beg to differ… oj Simpson would qualify… so would Laurence Taylor… notice they werent raiders… so stop with the ignorance.

  10. iknowfootballandyoudont says: Mar 4, 2011 9:24 PM

    i KNEW there was something about that guy!
    Well, you knew he had to have played for either the Raiders or the Patriots.
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    murder or attempted murder:
    Ray Carruth, O.J. Simpson, Ray Lewis (allegedly innocent) no patriots here. Hubert Thompson, Marvin harrison, Jim Dunaway, Tommy Kane. Hmm still no patriots.
    Oh i know Donte Stallworth – (manslaughter is not murder) oh but wait, he was with cleveland at the time.
    Still no patriots

    you fail

  11. @dafixisin

    Glad to see someone else rememders this guys life story…….I too remeber the Lord thing and the Vanity deal.

    What a shame.

  12. I could have sworn this article was going to be about Jamarcus Russell murdering a cheeseburger…

  13. chedberg says: Mar 4, 2011 10:01 PM

    Just kill baby!!

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    Classy comment, making a joke of a person being killed and all…

  14. Wow, you really know you hit the big-time when you’re starring in a “this dude played 15 years ago and is going up for murder” article, and they decide the picture from your football card is the best choice to put with the story.

    That said, outside of Crypt-keeper (we all know he’s been off his rocker for quite a while now…), I feel kinda bad about the image the Raiders have dealt with lately… they had a relatively good season, much improved, and the franchise has a lot of history. They deserve a little better than they’ve been getting lately.

  15. True on the innocent until proven guilty.
    But to even be on the radar of the law.
    That says alot about ones character. To be even looked at for such a crime.

  16. I dont care either way but…Patpatriotagain: you forgot Eric Naposki, the patriot charged with murder in 2009. You should go work for fox news, your good at leaving stuff out if it makes what you support look bad

  17. “chargerbar says:
    The Raiders do two things well: Get arrested and lose.”
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    Except when they spanked your ass twice last season, so what does that make you?

    The Raiders trophy case isn’t empty like yours. So what does that make YOUR team?

    Big talk from the ultimate loser franchise in the AFC west. The only one without a Super Bowl trophy.
    Gnaw on that for a while.

  18. acdrew22 says:
    Mar 4, 2011 11:37 PM
    philriverslovespenis says:Mar 4, 2011 9:29 PM

    Only a Raider could find a way to be a loser even in retirement.

    I beg to differ… oj Simpson would qualify… so would Laurence Taylor… notice they werent raiders… so stop with the ignorance.
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    My apologies. That should’ve read: Very easy for this guy to be a complete and utter failure in retirement, as he was a Raider before he retired, and was therefore used to failure.

    Did that pass your ignorance meter, acdrew22?

  19. trollaikman8 says:
    Mar 4, 2011 9:12 PM
    And yet Jamarcus walks the streets free.

    He only killed hopes, not actual humans…

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