Former Carolina Panther, XFL’s ‘He Hate Me’ found after reported missing in Lancaster

Police in Lancaster County found a former NFL Carolina Panthers football player “safe” who had been missing for almost a week.

Torrold Smart, 42, was last seen June 12 near Indian Land in Lancaster County, near Charlotte and Fort Mill, deputies said. Smart, known as Rod Smart when he played for the Carolina Panthers from 2002 to 2005, was found Tuesday afternoon, said Doug Barfield, spokesman for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

“Torrold Deshaun Smart was located this afternoon and is safe,” Barfield said.

No other information was released.

After The Herald first reported Smart missing, the story has become national news reported by outlets such as The Washington Post, TMZ, USA Today and NBC.

Family and deputies had concerns for Smart’s safety before he was found, deputies said.

Torrold is the given first name for former Carolina Panthers player Rod Smart, Barfield said. Smart has the nickname “He Hate Me” according to social media posts.

The Herald obtained a copy of a Lancaster sheriff’s office incident report from June 12 that listed Torrold Deshaun Smart as a missing person. The report was heavily redacted before it was released to The Herald.

A woman at a business on Charlotte Highway called deputies around 10:50 a.m. June 12 after Smart was there, “asked to use the restroom and ultimately snuck out,” the report states. Deputies were then called.

Smart was then listed as a missing person with the National Crime Information center network, the report stated.

Smart was in the NFL and Canadian Football league in a long pro career. He spent about four seasons with the Panthers.

He was best known following a run in the XFL, a 2001 startup professional football league owned by World Wrestling Entertainment owner Vince McMahon. Players in the XFL wore nicknames rather than surnames on their jerseys, with Smart wearing “He Hate Me” for the league’s lone season. A rebooted XFL is returning in eight cities for 2020.

Smart came to the Panthers, where he wore his given name, from the XFL and other stops in 2002.

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