Aldon Smith Faces Felony Weapons Charges from House-Party Incident
San Francisco 49ers star linebacker Aldon Smith is facing three felony charges from the Santa Clara County District Attorney for possession of assault weapons, according to Tony Kovaleski of NBC Bay Area.
The San Jose Mercury News is also reporting Smith faces two separate misdemeanor DUI charges for incidents since the summer of 2012.
The team issued the following statement to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News:
The 49ers organization is aware of the recent developments with Aldon arising from an incident at his home in 2012. We recognize the serious nature of this situation, as does Aldon, and will continue to monitor it closely. As this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment.
Tony Kovaleski and David Paredes of NBC Bay Area provide an update on Smith:
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith surrendered to authorities Tuesday night and then almost immediately posted bail, according to a source close to the case.
According to the source, Smith turned himself in at 6:51 p.m., and then bailed out at $75,000.
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 13
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
With Aldon Smith in rehab and facing felony charges of possession of assault weapons, 49ers are not counting on him returning this year.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 13, 2013
The charges couldn’t have come at a worse time, as Aldon Smith is currently on an indefinite leave of absence from the team after being arrested on Sept. 20 due to suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.
Smith voluntarily checked himself into a rehab facility after playing in San Francisco's Sept. 22 game against the Colts.
He spoke to the media after the game, saying, "I will do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again. I also want to let everyone know that I'm sorry."
Smith is currently on San Francisco’s non-football injury list.
The third-year player was off to another torrid start on the field this season, amassing 4.5 sacks and 18 combined tackles in just three games. Smith registered 19.5 sacks in 2012 and 14 in his rookie season.
While the lack of an elite pass-rusher like Smith has unquestionably hurt the 49ers' defensive attack, the team is 2-0 in his absence and 3-2 overall.
The 49ers host the 3-2 Arizona Cardinals in Week 6 as both teams fight for positioning in the NFC West.
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