Mikal Smith, the son of Illinois coach and former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, was arrested in Tempe, Arizona, on Thursday on multiple charges related to sex trafficking and a prostitution ring, according to multiple reports.
Smith, Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich tweeted out, is facing conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise, money laundering, pandering, prostitution, sex trafficking and threatening or intimidating charges.
A State Grand Jury has indicted Mikal Lee Smith, of Chandler, in connection with an alleged prostitution ring in Arizona. His co-defendant, Aprel Mae, is facing similar charges. Smith is accused of using constant surveillance and threats of retaliation to keep the victim (1/3) pic.twitter.com/PqSnQDqXf2— Mark Brnovich (@GeneralBrnovich) September 3, 2020
He was arrested Thursday morning and booked into the Gilbert Chandler Jail, according to NBC 12. He is due in court Sept. 10.
Smith played briefly at the college level for Arizona in 1996, and then worked as an assistant coach under his father for four seasons with the Bears from 2009-2012. He rejoined his father in Tampa for a two-year stint as the Buccaneers’ safeties coach in 2014 after spending a year with the Cowboys. Lovie was fired after the 2015 season, which marked the last time either coached in the NFL.
Lovie has since taken a job with Illinois, where he was entering his fifth season.
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