49ers address Aldon Smith DUI arrest

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On Friday night, 49ers rookie linebacker Aldon Smith, who had 14 sacks in the regular season and two in a pair of playoff games, was arrested for DUI in Miami.

Since our first item on the issue, Smith has been released from custody.  But he remains in hot water, both with the authorities and with his team.

The Niners addressed the situation in a statement posted earlier today on the team’s official Twitter page.

“The 49ers are aware of the recent matter involving Aldon Smith,” the team said.  “We take these issues very seriously but will reserve further comment at this time, as this is an ongoing legal matter.  The 49ers will continue to gather the facts and monitor the developments closely.”

Technically, the team can take no action against Smith.  Matters of this nature fall within the jurisdiction of the league’s substance-abuse policy.  Unless and until Smith resolves the situation with a finding of guilt, he won’t be subject to punishment.

21 responses to “49ers address Aldon Smith DUI arrest

  1. Millions and he can’t pay for a cab? How many players are in trouble with the law…it’s clear your football status doesn’t protect you, don’t be the guy….

  2. I can assure you the 49er faithful have been doing the same thing and joining Smith in getting drunk all this week after Sunday’s loss….

  3. He made big plays for this team, this season. Saying he is in hot water with the team means the exact opposite. He makes plays so the 49ers don’t care.

  4. Is “a finding of guilt” really needed before punishment?

    Even if he gets off somehow, he still presumably has a positive test for some level of alcohol in his system while driving.

  5. bad decision, Aldon… glad nobody was hurt. that being said, everyone makes mistakes. I just hope you learn from this one, and use all that money they’re paying you to take a cab home from now on when you drink.

  6. Not good for the player or the team. The question becomes; is this a one-off, bone-headed mistake by Smith, or the first signs of major character issues?

    It’d be a shame if it’s the latter as, on the field, the guy has the makings of a great.

  7. Jim Harbaugh says it’s another example of the NFL’s ongoing conspiracy against him personally and the 49ers by extension.

    Not only did they cheat him into 4 losses, they also brazenly assessed penalties on his team … when everyone one knows not one of them was justified.

    He also went on to explain how the solar system revolves around him and not the sun as previously reported … citing Copernicus as an agent of Roger Goodell.

  8. @jenniferxxx…. you seem excessively obsessed with Jim Harbaugh, making the same point over and over again. Please try to be original and write something new. Regarding Aldon, he seems like a good kid who made a mistake that hopefully he will learn from. I’m sure his family and team mates will guide him.

  9. jenniferxxx says:
    Jan 29, 2012 6:29 AM
    Jim Harbaugh says it’s another example of the NFL’s ongoing conspiracy against him personally and the 49ers by extension.

    Not only did they cheat him into 4 losses, they also brazenly assessed penalties on his team … when everyone one knows not one of them was justified.

    He also went on to explain how the solar system revolves around him and not the sun as previously reported … citing Copernicus as an agent of Roger Goodell.

    Give it a rest already. We all get it. You hate a person you’ve never even met. Good plan. Derrrrrrrrrr.

  10. COP “Have you been drinking tonight sir?”

    AS “kahbflubeuioncqcoubmll?”

    COP “Please step out of the car sir”

    AS “ok”

  11. If Suh gets suspended 2 games for kicking somebody, Aldon should be suspended at least 6 games for driving drunk and putting lives in danger.

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