Aldon Smith Out Indefinitely Following DUI and Marijuana Possession Arrest
As of Monday, Sept. 25, afternoon, Smith is reportedly on his way to rehab and later confirmed on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The 49ers also placed Smith on the Reserve/NFI list.
Updates from Friday, Nov. 8
From NFL Network's Albert Breer:
Got asked Aldon Smith's potential suspension for the DUI. The NFL will wait until that case is through the courts before making that call.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 8, 2013
From Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee:
Harbaugh said he thinks Aldon Smith will be back in the next couple of weeks.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) October 20, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 24
ESPN's Ed Werder reports Aldon Smith has been admitted to a facility for treatment of alcohol abuse:
The facility is independent of the 49ers, a requirement important to the NFLPA because it wants to ensure Smith is treated as a person and not as a player.
Werder also passed along a statement from his source:
"It's not like he's going to be magically cured in a month," a source close to Smith told ESPN. "If his problem is serious enough, a month might not be enough."
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 23
The San Francisco 49ers released a statement today announcing that they have placed Aldon Smith on the Reserve/NFI (non-football injury) list:
"Aldon Smith is taking a leave of absence to address a personal matter,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “The 49ers organization both respects and supports Aldon’s decision and commends him for taking responsibility for his actions. The long-term well-being of our players is paramount and we will stand by Aldon as he works toward addressing this issue. Due to the private nature of the matter, we will have no further comment.”
“I am taking a leave of absence to address my health,” said Aldon Smith. “I am sorry that I have affected my team, my family and the organization. I will do everything in my power to handle this situation the best way possible. I appreciate the support of the 49ers and our fans.”
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 23
Per league source, 49ers LB Aldon Smith currently is en route via air to rehab facility.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 23, 2013
After recording five tackles in Sunday's loss to the Colts, the Pro-Bowl pass-rusher has 17 tackles and 3.5 sacks through three games.
After being charged with his second DUI in as many years, it's hard to argue against disciplinary action for Aldo Smith, who turns 24 on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Friday morning, San Jose police received a call about a solo car crash in which the occupant, Smith, careened into a tree. The former Missouri standout was promptly arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after failing a breathalyzer test.
The 49ers released a statement shortly after news of his detainment broke, per Dan Loumena of the Los Angeles Times: "The 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Aldon Smith. As we continue to gather information regarding this situation, we will have no further comment."
Tracey Kaplan and Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News noted that marijuana (without prescription) and pills were found in the vehicle, and Smith’s blood alcohol level was tested at .15—almost double the legal limit.
The arrest was subject to the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, which states: “Discipline for a second or subsequent offense is likely to be a suspension, the duration of which may escalate for repeat offenses.”
Smith was charged with a DUI in Miami Beach back in January 2012, but he accepted a plea to reduce it to reckless driving, according to Kaplan and Inman.
This is now the fifth DUI-related incident involving a San Francisco player in the last two-and-a-half years, per Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee.
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