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Taj Smith accused of visiting a bar

The Saskatchewan Roughriders say wide receiver Taj Smith is accused of being in a bar in Ottawa, and that's why he was charged with violating a condition of his release.

GM says it's why receiver won't play Thursday against Bombers

Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Taj Smith (88) was charged with assault last August after he and teammate Dwight Anderson allegedly beat a man outside of a Regina nightclub. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

The Saskatchewan Roughriders say wide receiver Taj Smith is accused of being in a bar in Ottawa, and that's why he was charged with violating a condition of his release.

Roughriders general manager Brendan Taman says that's why Smith will be missing a game Thursday against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

At the time of the initial announcement, the team only said that Smith was "charged with violating a condition of release stemming from an incident last August."

Taman now says Smith is accused of going to a bar in Ottawa on Sunday night, and that violated a condition that was set as he awaits a preliminary hearing on a charge of aggravated assault.

Smith was charged last August after he and teammate Dwight Anderson allegedly beat a man outside of a Regina nightclub.

A judge ordered Smith to stand trial after a preliminary hearing in June found that there was enough evidence to try him but not Anderson

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