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Niners mum on Aldon Smith’s status

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49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, who has had a series of off-field incidents, has now had another one.

And the Niners aren’t saying whether Smith will or won’t play because of it.

“The 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Aldon Smith,” the team said in a release.  “As we continue to gather information regarding this situation, we will have no further comment.”

It’s Smith’s second DUI arrest.  Last time, the charges were reduced.

In September 2010, the Jets faced a major uproar regarding the question of whether receiver Braylon Edwards would play following a midweek DUI arrest.  Edwards ultimately was benched for the first quarter of a Sunday night game against the Dolphins.

Typically, teams find a way to look the other way when a key player does something he shouldn’t do.  Examples are made of the guys who otherwise don’t factor into the team’s plans.

While teams technically don’t have the authority under the labor deal to impose discipline for criminal misconduct, the 49ers could take action against Smith for conduct detrimental to the team.  Or any other label the Niners want to apply, since Smith likely wouldn’t fight it.

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64 Responses to “Niners mum on Aldon Smith’s status”
  1. 12444uggg says: Sep 20, 2013 1:53 PM

    There’s no way he’s not playing Sunday.

  2. justintuckrule says: Sep 20, 2013 1:56 PM

    Maybe they’ll wait until he kills someone first before they decide to send him a message and wake his selfish rear end up.

  3. cardmagnet says: Sep 20, 2013 1:58 PM

    Josh Brent says not to worry, you can kill somebody and still stay employed. Bottoms up!

  4. leftygun says: Sep 20, 2013 2:03 PM

    I can see why no one tried stopping him, may have gotten a bottle broken of their head.

  5. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 20, 2013 2:03 PM

    There’s no way he’s playing Sunday.

  6. mclovin07 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:04 PM

    Hey Aldon, it’s called “AA”….

  7. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 20, 2013 2:04 PM

    I don’t think that Harbaugh cares.

  8. fanofthegame77 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:05 PM

    Why on earth is the team responsible to punish him? Our society has a complete system if police, lawyers, judges and even prisons. It isn’t like the 49ers or the NFL is supporting these actions. If he is in jail/court for things he did wrong then he should miss the game. Otherwise he should be punished as a member of our society only not a second time for being a football player.

    GO HAWKS

  9. fflsean says: Sep 20, 2013 2:07 PM

    “If intoxication is your game plan, I hope you have a better one.” Clay Matthews

  10. madtownthrowdown says: Sep 20, 2013 2:08 PM

    I just say just get rid of his ass. But you know Oakland or Dallas would pick him up. You stay classy Aldon. All contracts need have an out clause in case you get a fool like this.

  11. hrmlss says: Sep 20, 2013 2:08 PM

    Wow, looking at the picture he really screwed up his legs rolling that car.

  12. outlawshark says: Sep 20, 2013 2:08 PM

    Wealthy players recklessly and willfully driving drunk and threatening their own fan base – repeatedly. Where do you draw the line?

  13. onlythebest36 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:09 PM

    All we need to know is that it happened 7AM.

  14. citynative says: Sep 20, 2013 2:09 PM

    As a human being… I hope my team suspends him and gets him help before he hurts someone. Doesn’t seem like a bad guy, but he is making some awful decisions. Go Niners.

  15. starvingardens says: Sep 20, 2013 2:10 PM

    I a 49er fan, and I think his dumb ass should be suspended for this incident.

    If the team holds their players to higher standard, this should be done immediatly. Even if it costs the team a loss against the Colts.

    He’s putting other peoples lives at stake.

    What would have happened if he actually killed someone? What if it was a person in your family?

    Just because he’s on the 9ers, does not make him above the law.

  16. jayniner says: Sep 20, 2013 2:11 PM

    California law mandates they hold him for 8 hours so he’ll sit in jail until about 4pm today and they’ll cite and release him(don’t ask how I know this).

    More concerning is 7am? Seriously? Curious to see what his BAC was….

  17. tonyugoh says: Sep 20, 2013 2:14 PM

    You know, people keep blasting Von Miller (and rightfully so, he’s been really immature) but smoking weed and not paying traffic tickets isn’t nearly as dangerous or reckless as a DUI. JMO

  18. jimmydixx12 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:15 PM

    49ers, implement the “Dez Bryant” rule. Have someone with this kid at all times monitoring him. From afar, he seems like a good dude, but he needs some help. Take action, SF.

  19. 49erforlife says: Sep 20, 2013 2:15 PM

    ‘We want to be above reproach’ – Jim Harbaugh

    Sigh….. smh

  20. 52lightsxout52 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:16 PM

    In a related note, Jim Harbaugh was seen engaging in a spittle-filled tirade with the arresting officers as Smith was led away in handcuffs. Stomping his feet he was heard yelling “It’s not fair, it’s NOT FAIR!!!”

  21. ccjcsr says: Sep 20, 2013 2:17 PM

    What’s wrong with this guy?

    #haven’tlearned

  22. blowpackblow says: Sep 20, 2013 2:18 PM

    Oh c’mon people, don’t act like you don’t drink and drive at 7 am. You can’t drink all day long if you don’t start in the morning.

  23. taskforcefreddy says: Sep 20, 2013 2:22 PM

    At what point does Papa Bear (Goodell) get involved?

  24. slbasegame257 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:25 PM

    Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you The San Francisco Forty Drunken Drivers! GO HAWKS

  25. rpiotr01 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:25 PM

    49ers mum on drunk-driving star OLB; quite loud on other team legally hitting their QB.

  26. shayeezy says: Sep 20, 2013 2:26 PM

    he clearly learned his lesson after his first DUI. let’s just pretend this one didn’t happen and move on.

  27. raiderrob21 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:30 PM

    Is that Russell Wilson or Kwame Harris hes practicing the Kama Sutra moves on? Those people from the wrong side of the Bay really have no shame!

    RAIDER NATION!!!!

  28. waketripper says: Sep 20, 2013 2:33 PM

    He should have been taking Adderall, then he would have been focused enough to avoid the accident…

  29. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 20, 2013 2:37 PM

    Aldon’s status is All Pro. So the 49ers stay mum, grimace, and bear it.

  30. boothlustig says: Sep 20, 2013 2:38 PM

    Did Justin Smith clear the way for him?

  31. seatownballers says: Sep 20, 2013 2:39 PM

    Blew a .15, and they found pot and pills In his car. Good luck Niners fans

  32. jrmbadger says: Sep 20, 2013 2:42 PM

    So, the DUI raises some interesting questions….

    He was apparently drunk at 7 a.m.

    didn’t the 49ers have practice that day?

  33. linemanguy74 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:45 PM

    fine him that works all the time with these guys !!!!

  34. ufostomper says: Sep 20, 2013 2:46 PM

    Just saw on roto he was charged with possession of pot this gets better and better, but the gun they are searching for in the Hernandez case is in his trunk

  35. jayniner says: Sep 20, 2013 2:46 PM

    And now add Marijuana possession to the charge….WTH Aldon?!?

  36. jrmbadger says: Sep 20, 2013 2:47 PM

    seatownballers says: Sep 20, 2013 2:39 PM

    Blew a .15, and they found pot and pills In his car. Good luck Niners fans
    ==============================
    Yup, just saw that in the San Jose Mercury news report of the incident.

    Not good.

  37. hart089 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:48 PM

    fanofthegame77 says:Sep 20, 2013 2:05 PM

    Why on earth is the team responsible to punish him? Our society has a complete system if police, lawyers, judges and even prisons. It isn’t like the 49ers or the NFL is supporting these actions. If he is in jail/court for things he did wrong then he should miss the game. Otherwise he should be punished as a member of our society only not a second time for being a football player.

    GO HAWKS

    Like that time Lynch got sat for his DUI

  38. footballchic777 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:53 PM

    There is no way Jim Harbaugh isn’t playing him.He will do what it takes to try and beat Luck.

  39. mountaindont says: Sep 20, 2013 2:53 PM

    For the most part almost every problem in society can be traced back to the home. Poor parenting or the lack of parenting is the primary problem with these athletes and society in general

  40. wearethesteelers says: Sep 20, 2013 2:58 PM

    4-12

  41. ninerfan94954 says: Sep 20, 2013 3:03 PM

    Someone in the organization needs to sit him down and get him help. The least of his problems is playing football….bad outcomes in life if he does not solve these demons… I don’t care how good you’re contract is.

  42. vmannj says: Sep 20, 2013 3:04 PM

    Typically coaches…at least those with integrity…say that if you don’t practice, you don’t play. Of course this is a Harbaugh we’re talking about. But I’m guessing if Smith was arrested this morning, he probably wasn’t at practice today.

  43. flexx91 says: Sep 20, 2013 3:05 PM

    fanofthegame77 says:
    Sep 20, 2013 2:05 PM
    Why on earth is the team responsible to punish him? Our society has a complete system if police, lawyers, judges and even prisons. It isn’t like the 49ers or the NFL is supporting these actions. If he is in jail/court for things he did wrong then he should miss the game. Otherwise he should be punished as a member of our society only not a second time for being a football player
    ___________________________________

    Because his employer called the National Football League has a policy (conduct) that prohibits this kind of behavior – as many other employers. You sign up for these “restrictions” before the last page of your contract. If you want to engage in certain behaviors, then don’t play professional football.

  44. drstrangehawk says: Sep 20, 2013 3:08 PM

    Wait a minute…. what’s that noise? Oh it’s the 9’rs imploding!

  45. jrebar88 says: Sep 20, 2013 3:10 PM

    Six game suspension sounds about right

  46. thirdistheworrd says: Sep 20, 2013 3:35 PM

    ilovefoolsball says: Sep 20, 2013 2:04 PM

    I don’t think that Harbaugh cares.
    ___________
    Unfortunately, he doesn’t. I used to have a lot of respect for the guy, but then he signed Perrish Cox. I have nothing but for contempt for anybody who would interact with that piece of human garbage, much less sign him to a million dollar deal.

  47. kevpft says: Sep 20, 2013 3:37 PM

    Well, he played at Missouri, and MO’s coach had his own DUI arrest the same fall that Smith started his first season in San Fran.

    Doesn’t mean these guys are bad people, but it does suggest official or unofficial sanctioning or looking the other way is an ongoing process, and not a good one.

  48. jrebar88 says: Sep 20, 2013 3:39 PM

    “Drink too much water, six games you scum and I wanted the entire year be grateful I spared you”Goodell

    “Drink too much alcohol and drive for the second time, oh hey come over here we have a place just for you in the starting lineup. Its okay to get DUI’s in the NFL” Goodell

  49. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 20, 2013 3:39 PM

    Weird.

    Harbaugh had plenty to say about Clay Mathews ticky tack little foul.

  50. ratsfoiledagain says: Sep 20, 2013 3:43 PM

    Why on earth is the team responsible to punish him? Our society has a complete system if police, lawyers, judges and even prisons. It isn’t like the 49ers or the NFL is supporting these actions. If he is in jail/court for things he did wrong then he should miss the game. Otherwise he should be punished as a member of our society only not a second time for being a football player.

    GO HAWKS
    ***********************
    Spare the drama. If you had Smith’s history your company would have canned you a long time ago. Only difference is if he goes to jail the 9ers will put him back into the starting lineup. If not, another team will. For you, other companies would be hard pressed to hire you. The NFL and the 49ers have every right to punish one of their employees regardless of what the courts may/may not do.

  51. baltimoresnativeson says: Sep 20, 2013 3:50 PM

    Even when you drink all night its worn off by 7:00 am. This guy is a drunk.

  52. handsomehawk says: Sep 20, 2013 3:51 PM

    Tough week for the Niners; let’s recap..

    Get emasculated by their arch rivals

    Are on the wrong end of a World Record Noise breaking feat

    Fat 49ers undercover cop exposed (Best picture Ever)

    Have their fans complain about the noise at opposing stadiums; demand opposing fans wear muzzles at home games or be penalized (Unreal)

    Aldon Smith (Again..)

    Harbaugh eating his words (Again…)

    Now, who looks like the bigger jackass now Jim..I’d gladly take a couple of PED ove DUI suspensions.

  53. nflcrimerankingscom says: Sep 20, 2013 4:02 PM

    better call Saul!

  54. lilpuppy says: Sep 20, 2013 4:14 PM

    this is the shinning example of family values that Goodell wants to protect by suing M.I.A.

  55. skinsfolife says: Sep 20, 2013 4:20 PM

    Just like Marshawn Lynch he will play.

  56. thebirdofprey says: Sep 20, 2013 4:33 PM

    49ers have a culture problem. I know it sounds like piling on but how many people here have had house party where somebody was shot or hosted one and been stabbed ourselves. The Brooks incident that didn’t have any repercussions and now look at this….NFL has a car service for their players right? No excuses for million dollar athletes to drink and drive.

  57. 760raptor says: Sep 20, 2013 4:48 PM

    Niners fan here. Suspend his dumb ghetto ass w/o pay–hopefully he’ll realize he needs to straighten out.

  58. mrgdawg says: Sep 20, 2013 4:51 PM

    Goodell will slap him with a fine. Then it’ll be appealed down to the cost of a superbowl ticket.

  59. besdayz says: Sep 20, 2013 4:54 PM

    The NFL conduct policy will crack down on this team significantly soon enough.

    Look for them to lose several games–this is a almost definite suspension since its a multiple offender and its both pot and drunkenness.

    And they’ve been exposed a little wihtout a WR threat that can stretch the field.

    And injuries. Interior DL is down to 3rd string.
    Safety is concussed.

  60. cmosiedrum says: Sep 20, 2013 4:56 PM

    waketripper says:

    He should have been taking Adderall, then he would have been focused enough to avoid the accident…
    = = = = = =

    That’s funny – but lets be real, he doesn’t play for the Seahawks, so that wouldn’t happen…

    Seriously, you can’t fault Harbaugh for keeping his moth shut at this time, the coaches and FO are told by the NFL not to comment until things start to unfold in the legal process.

    But as a Niners fan, I hope some tough love is given to these players that act out!! Sit him for a few games and get him some help…

  61. thermanmerman99 says: Sep 20, 2013 5:06 PM

    this guy needs to be suspended without a doubt, but harbaugh only cares about winning and wont do a thing about it. zero chance he misses this game you can count on that

  62. kabasaman says: Sep 20, 2013 6:21 PM

    Please, who ever you are…Don’t ever confuse Rodger Godell to Papa Bear. Papa Bear was the reason we have pro football…. Godell couldn’t carry Papa Bears jock…

  63. blackhawks2010 says: Sep 20, 2013 10:15 PM

    The Niners implosion is right on schedule.

  64. skinsfolife says: Sep 21, 2013 8:09 AM

    Where is all the outrage about drunk driving? I love it how floorio has so much outrage for a team name but someone who is breaking the law and could kill people and there is little to no outrage. The double standard is not only by the team but also by this website. Time to get with it guys.

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