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Aldon Smith facing scrutiny after stabbing

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Smith celebrates after teammate Willis sacked New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of the NFL NFC Championship game in San Francisco Getty Images

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is still recovering from being stabbed early Saturday morning while breaking up a fight at a party at his house and took a moment on Sunday to thank those who expressed concern for his health.

That tweet has been Smith’s only public comment since the incident and there aren’t many other updates to offer. There haven’t been any arrests in the case and the 49ers haven’t said anything since their initial statement after the news of Smith’s injuries broke. That means we don’t know what Smith thinks about those who turned their concerns in another direction.

As mentioned in Monday’s one-liners, Mike Sando of ESPN.com suggests that this weekend’s stabbing and a DUI earlier this offseason spell the need for Smith to change the way he’s living his life. Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com is on a similar wavelength while pointing back to questions about Smith’s maturity before he was drafted.

All the details of what went down during what police called “pretty chaotic” aren’t known so it’s best not to draw sweeping conclusions about Smith. Whatever the specifics of this incident, Sando and Freeman aren’t going to be the only ones with questions about Smith as a result of what’s gone down this offseason. Smith will have to answer those questions at some point, but the lasting answer will hinge on whether or not Smith can stop making news for the wrong reasons.

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15 Responses to “Aldon Smith facing scrutiny after stabbing”
  1. insidej0b says: Jul 2, 2012 1:59 PM

    they’ll probably blame the saints bounty program for the stabbing

  2. blacknole08 says: Jul 2, 2012 2:00 PM

    Smith is a very talented player and I would hate to see his career (or worse, his life) end because of the people he is alleged to associate with.

    There should be red flags around the people he hangs out with if he gets stabbed just from trying to play hero and break up a fight. He sounds like the innocent party in this.

  3. jenniferxxx says: Jul 2, 2012 2:05 PM

    Someone is making a lot of very bad decisions.

  4. dangle13x says: Jul 2, 2012 2:08 PM

    I understand the point you are making. Obviously it would be ideal for Aldon to stay out of the news following the DUI incident earlier this offseason. However, at this point, all we know is that he was stabbed. He didn’t stab anyone. So to paint the picture that he is in the wrong here is just bad journalism. I’m sure you would argue that he should not have put himself in a position where “bad things” could happen, to which I would respond you can say that about anyone and everyone everywhere ever that has been a part of an incident. Whatever.

  5. blackandbluedivision says: Jul 2, 2012 2:09 PM

    All the details of what went down during what police called “pretty chaotic” aren’t known so it’s best not to draw sweeping conclusions about Smith.
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    Best line of the entire story. But, I bet people are going to draw conclusions anyway. Besides, two people got shot and one was stabbed, why wouldn’t it be “chaotic”?

  6. jikkle49 says: Jul 2, 2012 2:17 PM

    Hopefully getting stabbed will be a wakeup call for him.

    He’s still a young pup so I’m sure he’ll get his act together.

  7. 4evrnyt says: Jul 2, 2012 2:31 PM

    Anything else to write from the file marked “obvious and irrelevant?” I never in a million years a) would have guessed that getting into trouble twice in 6 months would garner scrutiny or b)that someone would take the time to write about something so damn obvious and think it would be interesting to other people.

  8. howiefeltersnatch says: Jul 2, 2012 2:59 PM

    Pat Shurmur should have never been hired to he a head coach in the NFL.

  9. hughrenassle says: Jul 2, 2012 3:09 PM

    Making it rain = DUIs and getting stabbed.
    Unless of course you’re Ray Lewis, in which case you’re on the other end of the knife.

  10. schmitty2 says: Jul 2, 2012 3:10 PM

    4evrnyt says:Jul 2, 2012 2:31 PM

    Anything else to write from the file marked “obvious and irrelevant?” I never in a million years a) would have guessed that getting into trouble twice in 6 months would garner scrutiny or b)that someone would take the time to write about something so damn obvious and think it would be interesting to other people.

    Well you did read it..just saying

  11. thraiderskin says: Jul 2, 2012 3:58 PM

    If he was breaking up a fight, trying to do what is right, then I hope he heals up fine and comes out of this situation nearly unscathed. If there is a more insidious side to this whole happenstance, then I’m tired of the “these guys are young and immature” excuse. Why do we, as football fans, cut these players slack for everything? Look at the Vick situation, what he did was terrible. While they are just dogs, the depravity it would take to commit the act itself is more than terrible. The man did his time, deserves the opportunity to prove himself, but never forget what he actually did. Aldon Smith is a GROWN man, he went to a place of higher learning, he has been around adults all his life, don’t tell me he doesn’t know right from wrong. He is young, but he knows he will be more scrutinized as a pro-player. These men, need to act like they are men and we the fans, need to treat them like a men. Aldon was either doing what was right or he is a complete dumb@$$ that should be considered one strike away from extremely serious consequences.

  12. granadafan says: Jul 2, 2012 3:59 PM

    “blackandbluedivision says: Jul 2, 2012 2:09 PM
    All the details of what went down during what police called “pretty chaotic” aren’t known so it’s best not to draw sweeping conclusions about Smith.”
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    Excellent point. We also won’t believe the PR story his agent spun saying that Aldon Smith was merely an innocent bystander and was heroically trying to break up the fight until all the facts come out.

    Regardless of what happened, Smith needs to find new friends or be more careful about who he invites to his parties. If Smith’s entourage/posse want to still bang/ carry weapons and be useless to a civilized society, then it’s a free country. However, Smith is a public figure and needs to become better than that.

  13. realfootballfan says: Jul 2, 2012 4:49 PM

    Players are always criticized for “being in the club.” Now, this guy does the sensible thing and has a party at his home, and we’re criticizing him? Can you say hypocrites?

  14. raiderapologist says: Jul 2, 2012 9:40 PM

    Sounds like Smith was in the stands at a Raider/Niner preseason game.

  15. robertnaipo says: Jul 4, 2012 4:12 PM

    Looks like someone missed out on the 2011 Rookie Symposium. Aldon is waaay too talented to be making stupid mistakes like this. That is the curse of being young with a lot of cash, you want to be “known & popular”, but in his case, the wrong way. The only silver lining that I can see coming out of all this mess is that he just so happens to be on a team that focuses on having the back of the player no matter the circumstance. Also, the leadership in that locker room will definitely pull Aldon back down to earth and remind him of his standing on the 49ers and the negative message he is sending, that it not only affects him but the team as a whole. I’m pretty sure (at least I hope) that there will not be too many of these off field problems in the future. Grow up Aldon…

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