Updates from Tuesday, July 1
Bill Williamson of ESPN provided the latest in the legal situation surrounding Aldon Smith:
#49ers Breaking LA City Attorney office will not file charges against Aldon Smith in fake bomb threat case.— Bill Williamson (@BWilliamsonESPN) July 1, 2014
#49ers Smith will have hearing in L.A. July 30 to discuss matter and its repercussions.— Bill Williamson (@BWilliamsonESPN) July 1, 2014
#49ers Smith sentenced July 25 for pleading no contest to three felony gun charges. Could face jail time. NFL could decide to suspend him.— Bill Williamson (@BWilliamsonESPN) July 1, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, May 21
Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle provided information surrounding Aldon Smith's legal issues:
Aldon Smith's hearing for DUI and weapons charges is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today in Santa Clara County Superior Court. #49ers— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) May 21, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 2
The 49ers exercised Smith's option on Friday:
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk had the latest on Smith:
The clock is ticking on the 49ers’ decision regarding linebacker Aldon Smith’s fifth-year option.
Per multiple sources, the team still hasn’t resolved whether to extend his four-year rookie contract by one year to the 2015 season.
The 49ers, we’re told, have met with Smith in advance of making their decision. By rule, the option must be exercised by May 3. If he’s not provided written notice of the intention to extend the contract on or before May 3, he’ll be eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.
Updates from Thursday, May 1
ESPN's Bill Williamson reiterates when the 49ers must make their decision on Aldon Smith's fifth-year option:
Per NFL, #49ers must inform league, in writing, if they are using 2015 option on Aldon Smith by 9 p.m. PT Friday.— Bill Williamson (@BWilliamsonESPN) May 1, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 29
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee confirmed Aldon Smith's next court date:
The 49ers likely will have to decide on Aldon Smith's fifth-year option without a resolution in the DUI and gun-possession charges he is facing. The two sides did not reach a plea-bargain deal -- something the team thought was a possibility, albeit an unlikely one -- at a hearing today. A new hearing date is scheduled for May 12 in Santa Clara County Superior Court.
It's possible the case could be resolved at some point before then. But that probably won't occur before Saturday, the deadline for triggering the fifth-year option on Smith's contract. The team's single-season sack record holder is entering the final year of the contract he signed as a rookie in 2011, one that will pay him $2.336 this season.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle previously provided an update on the legal proceedings against Smith for a previous weapons charge:
Per Santa Clara County Superior Court web site, #49ers Aldon Smith has hearing at 2:30 p.m. today for DUI/weapons charges.— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) April 29, 2014
Updates from Friday, April 25
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle has the latest on Smith's status with the team:
#49ers GM Trent Baalke said he hopes Aldon Smith is with team in "2016 and 2017 and 2018 ..."— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) April 25, 2014
Baalke said decision to pick up Aldon Smith's fifth-year option is "still being discussed." 49ers— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) April 25, 2014
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee has more on Smith:
Trent Baalke on Aldon Smith: "We're a family. You don't just open a door and toss people out of it."— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) April 25, 2014
Updates from Thursday, April 24
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports has the latest on Aldon Smith's legal issues:
LA County DA's office says in a press release they've referred the Aldon Smith case to the LA City Attorney for misdemeanor consideration.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 24, 2014
Updates from Friday, April 18
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports this could be Aldon Smith's last year with the 49ers:
49ers are not expected to pick up the fifth-year option on LB Aldon Smith's contract, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 18, 2014
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio later reported the 49ers haven't made a decision yet on Smith's option:
Per a league source with knowledge of the team’s thinking, however, the 49ers still haven’t made a decision. And they don’t have to make a decision until May 3, the deadline for picking up the option.
The option-year salary of $9.75 million for Smith would be guaranteed for injury only until the first day of the 2015 league year. At that point, it would become fully guaranteed for 2015.
Updates from Thursday, April 17
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" that the 49ers do not plan to cut Smith, who has $3 million in guaranteed salary next season.
That doesn't come close to solving Smith's problems, however. Rapoport said a suspension at the start of the season is likely, though it's unknown how many games it will last.
Updates from Wednesday, April 16
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News has the latest on a potential suspension for Aldon Smith:
On the 49ers/Aldon Smith timeline, repeated: They are fully expecting an NFL suspension, which will give them a period to assess everything.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 16, 2014
Kawakami also talked about Smith's status with the 49ers:
There is a weariness and frustration over Smith's behavior that I've never heard involving any recent 49ers player. Until this week.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 15, 2014
Spoke to a 49ers source who emphasized that Aldon Smith has gotten himself into this and everything points to his April 29 hearing.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 15, 2014
My own view, after talking to several sources: Aldon Smith hasn't only lost the benefit of the doubt, he probably won't play for them in '14— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 15, 2014
Without a pending suspension, 49ers would face a release/don't release decision soon after April 29 hearing. But they will wait for NFL, too— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 16, 2014
Kawakami broke down the organization's thought process surrounding Smith's contract as well:
49ers owe Smith a guaranteed $3M+ for 2014, so it's unlikely they would release him soon. But almost certainly won't pick up his 2015 option— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 15, 2014
Smith's 2015 option would not be guaranteed outright, but it would be guaranteed for injury and the 49ers are not interested in that risk.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 15, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 15
Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News has the latest on Aldon Smith:
49ers will let the legal process play out for Smith and there are not many expectations for him other than that, the source said.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 15, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 14
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com has the latest on Aldon Smith's legal troubles:
L.A. District Attorney's office: No charges will be filed TODAY regarding Aldon Smith's alleged false report of a bomb threat at LAX.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) April 14, 2014
Maiocco had more on how long it may take for charges to be filed, via a spokesman from the DA's office: “Since he bailed out, it may be a while before any charges are presented to our office for filing consideration."
TMZ had more on the circumstances leading up to Smith's altercation with the authorities at LAX:
Aldon Smith told authorities to "strip search me" after he allegedly claimed to have be in possession of a bomb at LAX yesterday ... multiple law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports.
We're told ... after Smith had been confronted for allegedly making the false bomb statements, he copped an attitude with authorities and sarcastically challenged them to conduct a "strip search."
Maiocco later reported that Smith appeared to be drunk earlier in the day, but it was not the reason he was detained. He added:
“He was not what we considered to be intoxicated,” LAX Police Sgt. Karla Ortiz told CSNBayArea.com, “but he appeared as if he had been drinking earlier in the day.”
Sgt. Ortiz said Smith would not be administered a blood-alcohol test because, she said, “Whether he was drunk or not was not the reason for his detention, arrest or booking.”
Trouble continues to find San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, who was detained by Los Angeles police on Sunday after screaming the word "bomb" in an airport terminal.
A Los Angeles World Airport police spokesperson released the following statement on the altercation to NFL.com:
At approximately 1400 hrs, a 24 year-old Aldon Jacarus Ramon Smith, a resident of San Jose, California, was going through Terminal 1 screening where he made a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb. Los Angeles Airport Police made contact with him in the gate area where he became uncooperative. After conducting their investigation, LA Airport Police took suspect into custody and transported him to LAPD-Pacific division where he was booked for California Penal Code 148.1(a) - False report of a bomb threat.
Smith allegedly screamed the word "bomb" in the LAX airport terminal on Sunday and was detained by Los Angeles police, according to TMZ.
"I heard him say, 'I did nothing wrong,'" John Egan, a witness, told Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. "The whole thing ratcheted up from there. The cops were trying to calm him down. He wasn't out of control; just agitated."
Smith was released from custody Sunday night, according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle:
#49ers Aldon Smith was released at 7:02 p.m. from LAPD’s Pacific Community Police Station on $20,000 bail. Smith was never in jail.— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) April 14, 2014
General manager Trent Baalke quickly released a statement on the incident via ProFootballTalk.com: “We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith. As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”
Former NFL wideout Chad Johnson weighed in on the situation via Twitter:
Hoping Aldon Smith is okay, superior talent, must be a misunderstanding...— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) April 13, 2014
This isn't the first brush with the law for Smith.
He was arrested in 2013 for three felony weapons charges and two DUI misdemeanors. He was also arrested in 2012 for a DUI. He missed a month during the 2013 season after he checked himself into an in-patient rehabilitation center for alcohol abuse.
The 2012 Pro Bowler has registered 42 regular-season sacks for the Niners over his three-year career, but he is becoming an issue off the field. With his track record, the on-field ability might not be enough to overshadow his antics.
As for now, it remains to be seen whether this incident is something serious or just a misunderstanding. But given Smith's off-field issues over the past few years, his standing with the 49ers might be in jeopardy depending on the outcome of his arrest.
The team has made offseason headlines for all the wrong reasons in the last few months. Cornerback Chris Culliver was arrested in San Jose, Calif., in late March on charges of felony hit-and-run and weapons possession.
Earlier this week, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and wide receiver Quinton Patton were named in a "suspicious incident" investigated by Miami Police that was considered "sexual in nature." Back in January, offensive lineman David Kilgore was arrested for public intoxication.
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