Smith alleges Jenkins threw 1st punch


Auburn running back Eric Smith claims Decari Jenkins threw the first punch in an incident last August, which has already prompted Smith’s brief suspension from the team, alleged punitive damages from both sides and, now, coinciding claims at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Smith, in a counterclaim filed in federal court last week, claims that Jenkins “fails to state a cause of action against him” and denies “each and every material allegation” in Jenkins’ complaint, which was filed last November.

Jenkins’ lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages for the injuries and post-injury trauma he suffered at the hands of Smith, 19, and two unnamed Auburn players. Smith’s counterclaim is also seeking compensatory and punitive damages for “pain and suffering,“ “severe mental anguish” and “emotional distress” caused by the backlash from the August 2009 incident at Lexington Hotel, which left both Smith and Jenkins bloodied and with two different recollections of the preceding events.

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