I quote from what happened after his time with the Royals ended after he got into various disputes with John Scheurholz:
Living then in Spartanburg, S.C., his wife’s hometown where they’d met in the minors, Smith went to a pawn shop and bought a Taurus 9-millimeter pistol.Smith took his pistol to his backyard and fired at the ground. He wanted to judge the recoil. He wanted to know how the gun would react when and if he took it to Kansas City and shot Schuerholz.
“I was at a point where I didn’t care about a lot of things,” Smith says. “I didn’t care if I spent the rest of my life in jail or dead.”