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Denver Broncos' new signing under investigation for child abuse, per report

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The Denver Broncos, after ultimately failing to reach their lofty goals last season, made the decision to part company with John Fox and his staff.

In his place arrived Gary Kubiak, and with veteran quarterback Peyton Manning opting in on another season with the franchise, the team are busy preparing for another big campaign.

Police investigate

The new regime's preparations may have been tipped of kilter a little today, though, with news that one of their offseason recruits is reportedly under investigation for child abuse.

First reported by TMZ, new defensive lineman Antonio Smith is the subject of an investigation in Texas. The publication, citing a Texas District attorney, revealed that the 12 year NFL veteran is being questioned. At this stage no charges have been officially filed against Smith.

"We're trying to discern the truth from the untruthfulness of the claim to decide what charges, if any, will be filed," District Attorney John Healey told TMZ Sports.

The same publication alleges that the investigation concerns "multiple incidents dating back to 2010," with authorities first informed of the accusations back in November 2014 via a report filed in Colorado.

With the story continuing to develop, there are no details at this time on exactly what the abuse claims entail.

Pro Bowl career

Antonio Smith only joined up with the Denver Broncos on April 2nd - signing a one-year deal. 

Previously part of the Arizona Cardinals (2004-2008), and Oakland Raiders (2014), the defensive lineman was a Pro Bowler in 2011 whilst with the Houston Texans whom he joined in 2009.

The 33-year-old has 156 career appearances is expected to perform as a situational pass rusher for the Broncos in the upcoming season as the Broncos look to reach their Super Bowl potential.

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