6:35 AM PT -- 1/11 -- Geno released a statement hours after he was arrested ... urging his fans to not rush to judgment.
"Being arrested brings a taint onto the reputation that is impossible to undo, no matter what really happened," Smith said. "I'm asking all of you to hold back on judging me the same as you would do for a friend or family member. I’ll have more to say down the road & ask that you bare with me."
Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith -- who started three games for Seattle this season -- was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of DUI in Washington ... TMZ Sports has confirmed.
A spokesperson for the Washington State Patrol tells us ... Smith was pulled over at around 2 AM in King County -- just hours after the Seahawks returned home from beating the Cardinals in Arizona on Sunday.
According to law enforcement, Smith was initially stopped for speeding ... and was booked into the King County Jail a short time later.