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Aldon Smith could end up in rehab this week

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As the 49ers, the NFL, and linebacker Aldon Smith try to figure out how to proceed after Smith’s recent DUI arrest, the outcome could be something other than a suspension.

But it could have the same result.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that Smith could enter a rehab facility as soon as this week.  Glazer says people close to Smith are pushing him to do it.

We’re told that rehab is a possibility, but that a final decision hasn’t been made.  Having the news leak could nudge the needle toward rehab, whether that’s something Smith would have otherwise chosen to do or not.

If it happens, Smith presumably would be placed on the non-football injury/illness list during his absence.  The 49ers would then have to decide whether to continue to pay his salary of $98,800 per week during his absence.

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45 Responses to “Aldon Smith could end up in rehab this week”
  1. packafan4life says: Sep 22, 2013 12:19 PM

    Better make sure he gets that game in first. Class

  2. jakec4 says: Sep 22, 2013 12:21 PM

    Forcing someone into rehab is pointless. It only works if Smith admits he has a personal problem. If he truly wants help this becomes nobody’s business except for Smith, and the people he chooses to include.

  3. packersownthenorth says: Sep 22, 2013 12:30 PM

    yes let’s play the game first, then enter rehab. Nice one Harbaugh.

  4. jkaplan11 says: Sep 22, 2013 12:31 PM

    I still can’t believe he makes $100,000 per week. When you put that in perspective… wow.

    Get your life in check Aldon. Your one privileged man. Don’t screw it up

  5. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 22, 2013 12:31 PM

    I assume he’s allowed work release on the weekends?

    Otherwise Crybaughby won’t go for it.

  6. cartire says: Sep 22, 2013 12:31 PM

    The kid is still young and rich. He makes stupid mistakes. He doesnt need rehab, he needs proper punishment that will stick.

    Indefinite suspension w/o pay while performing community service for X amount of hours. After thats done, he could return.

    Rehab seems to be the defacto solution so that these people dont have to take responsibility. Rehab will not change his habits, it will just postpone them. He needs to suffer from money loss and manual labor to actually change.

  7. tushymcspankspank says: Sep 22, 2013 12:32 PM

    Frankly who cares if he goes into rehab before or after. I’m a ‘Niners fan but if I wasn’t I wouldn’t be crazy about Harbaugh (Though he’s the guy you’d love to have on your side), but let’s not make this a moral issue.

  8. marvin49 says: Sep 22, 2013 12:32 PM

    Queue Niner haters…

    First off its been widely reported this morning that….

    1) His play will likely be limited
    2) There was never marijuana in his car
    3) The CBA won’t allow the 49ers to suspend him
    4) He may now miss several games because the team wants him in rehab.

    …and peeps still taking shots even though the team is doing MORE than they were being criticized for NOT doing. Sad.

  9. tushymcspankspank says: Sep 22, 2013 12:33 PM

    i.e the rape comment every time Big Ben’s name surfaces. yeah, i’m sure he really had to force himself on that poor, unsuspecting woman (Who gloated about having a ‘baby Ben’) ;)

    Right

  10. ninerdud says: Sep 22, 2013 12:34 PM

    Not sure why my comment didn’t post the first time, but Chris Mortensen says that based on agreements in the CBA the Niners can’t suspend Aldon, it has to come from the league.

    I think the Niners are doing what they can within the agreement. Wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t play at all today.

    Hope he gets whatever help he needs. His head clearly isn’t on straight.

  11. wearethesteelers says: Sep 22, 2013 12:34 PM

    Last year we were asking who the better pass-rusher was: Aldon Smith or Von Miller. Now we are asking who is the bigger scumbag.

  12. jayniner says: Sep 22, 2013 12:35 PM

    The San Jose police department responded today to ESPN that there was no marijuana in Aldon’s car.

  13. skoobyfl says: Sep 22, 2013 12:35 PM

    He drinks & he gets drunk, no problem.

  14. jcutlerstoothygrin says: Sep 22, 2013 12:37 PM

    Hey Aldon, say what up to Titus for me! And Niners, say what up to the early 2000’s eagles since you have arrived at the place that unrealized championship dreams go to die.

  15. dartmouthstevens says: Sep 22, 2013 12:37 PM

    If Smith wants rehab, then he should go. If he doesn’t then it will just take him off the field for a while and the problem will return. The “normal” pattern for drunks is that they have to hit bottom first before they will do the right thing. With a 100K/week income, it is hard to hit bottom. I wish him the best on dealing with his problem, and I hope that he can get the anonymity that he needs.

  16. cali49er707 says: Sep 22, 2013 12:39 PM

    @Pack

    John Jolly just got out the Penn & Ted Thompson was the first to call.

    Eugene Robinson was cited for soliciting sex with a prostitute on Superbowl Eve – He started the following day.

    Brett Favre was admitted into rehab for an addiction to Vicodin & was aided by Green Bay team doctors on the availability of the Vicodin

    Classy

  17. robertb655 says: Sep 22, 2013 12:39 PM

    Best of luck, I really hope he gets the help he needs

  18. dirtybirds233 says: Sep 22, 2013 12:39 PM

    Sad. I had a friend in high school who made great grades, was an excellent athlete, basically had everything laid out for him, but couldn’t lay off the drugs. Best thing for Aldon to to is get help now before it’s too late

  19. onbucky96 says: Sep 22, 2013 12:41 PM

    How very Harbaugh of the 49ers to play Smith today THEN send him to treatment. About what I’d expect from this franchise and their assclown of a head coach.

  20. pacificamjr says: Sep 22, 2013 12:45 PM

    Perrish Cox, Culliver, this dude… real quality people on that 40 whiners D

  21. bennyb82 says: Sep 22, 2013 12:46 PM

    The rehab is clearly for pr purposes but it is cancelled out by letting him play the game first. The 49ers would probably have been better off suspending him this week…it is early in the season. He is a great player but not a QB or RB.

  22. MostlyRight says: Sep 22, 2013 12:46 PM

    Unless he is the one who wants rehab, threatening his game time and more specifically his money will likely do more to straighten this kid out. Smith, Von Miller, Daryll Washington…sad.

  23. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 22, 2013 12:46 PM

    he should be in there now, but 49ers care about games first and their players well being last, stay classy 49ers

  24. lightcleric says: Sep 22, 2013 12:46 PM

    “Our players’ health is very important, but we have our Thursday night game this week, so he can wait until Friday.”

  25. troykelsey says: Sep 22, 2013 12:47 PM

    Maybe the 9ers can make this into a positive and get a discount for volume. Send Smith to drug rehab and send Harbaugh to anger management. Some clinic should willing to give them a deal.

  26. theysone says: Sep 22, 2013 12:52 PM

    You Packers fans are amazing! You have Johnny Jolly on your team for crying out loud!

    Your bitterness from losing 3 games in a row to SF is showing.

  27. droyer85 says: Sep 22, 2013 12:53 PM

    He’ll go to rehab Monday through Saturday every week and play on Sunday’s. I’m sure the NFL would allow that for all other 31 teams, and turn a blind eye when their star players get DUI’s and have drugs in their possession.

  28. racerx1225 says: Sep 22, 2013 12:53 PM

    The only meaningful lasting change is change that comes from within. If they force him into rehab, chances are he will respond even worse when he gets out.

  29. gbfanforever says: Sep 22, 2013 12:56 PM

    Johny jolly was suspended 3 seasons before reinstatement. Although circumstances were a little different. You would like to see the league apply some sort of consistency in punishing players for breaking the rules. Additionally, would anyone no or care if this guy had a drinking problem as long as he wasn’t driving drunk ? Rehab talk only popped up after his second DUI. I think any suspension less than 5-6 games would be a tell that the league doesn’t treat all players and teams equally.

  30. troykelsey says: Sep 22, 2013 1:08 PM

    Johnny Jolly served time in PRISON over cough syrup and he has show remorse and grown up. He redeemed himself and I am happy for him.

    Harbaugh is a hypocritical angry whiner.

    The Niners cracks are showing. BTW, it has nothing to do with jealousy. The Packers and Niners are evenly matched teams right now. I am anxious to see them again. Fans of the most storied franchise in NFL history have nothing to be jealous about. It embarrasses me when fans of our team run their mouths and act like fools. They should know it is unbecoming and unnecessary. The team’s history speaks for itself.

  31. cali49er707 says: Sep 22, 2013 1:29 PM

    Pack fans should be more concerned about the Bengals up 14 to 0 then worrying about what Betty Ford clinic Aldon Smith will be visiting.

  32. jcbadger34 says: Sep 22, 2013 1:36 PM

    cali49er707 says: Sep 22, 2013 12:39 PM

    Eugene Robinson was cited for soliciting sex with a prostitute on Superbowl Eve – He started the following day.

    ————

    Too bad Eugene Robinson wasn’t on the Packers when that happened. Not the sharpest tool in the shed, are you?

  33. tushymcspankspank says: Sep 22, 2013 1:39 PM

    Again, Harbaugh’s a guy you hate, unless he’s the guy coaching your team ;) Then you like having a guy like that on your side

  34. tushymcspankspank says: Sep 22, 2013 1:41 PM

    Just call it what it is: Harbaugh’s loud, often obnoxious and you’ll use any post related to him to say so. Easy peezy :)

  35. bugorfeature says: Sep 22, 2013 1:48 PM

    Harbaugh complains about Seahawks using PEDs but doesn’t care about his own player having a one car one tree crash. Duh.

  36. goldrush94 says: Sep 22, 2013 1:49 PM

    packafan4life:

    1) NFL rules does not allow the 49ers to suspend him.
    2) Having him play sparingly, is the closest thing to a suspension.
    3) When was the last time a team pushed a player to go into rehab, even if it means the player could miss 6 games? (not the Broncos, not the Seahawks, not the Pats…).

    So before you go calling an organization classless, do a little research.

  37. noring4youstill says: Sep 22, 2013 1:54 PM

    Ah yes. The I’ll go to rehab in hopes that is all the punishment he receives

  38. tushymcspankspank says: Sep 22, 2013 2:02 PM

    Wow, Packafan, some smarts in a pool of drivel, i’d like that comment twice if I could

  39. cali49er707 says: Sep 22, 2013 2:03 PM

    @Jc badger

    Lmfao. Your absolutely right!!

    It all sounds right when your drunk.

  40. blackngold4life says: Sep 22, 2013 2:06 PM

    Rehab? How many times has this happened? Dose he have a drinking PROBLEM or just one of those nights?

  41. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 22, 2013 2:22 PM

    goldrush94 says: Sep 22, 2013 1:49 PM

    packafan4life:

    1) NFL rules does not allow the 49ers to suspend him.
    2) Having him play sparingly, is the closest thing to a suspension.
    3) When was the last time a team pushed a player to go into rehab, even if it means the player could miss 6 games? (not the Broncos, not the Seahawks, not the Pats…).

    So before you go calling an organization classless, do a little research.
    ————————————————

    Yes, NFL requires all players to play.

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Weird, last year when a scrub got a DUI, sanctimonious disciplinarian Crybaughby didn’t even let him suit up.

    Guess NFL rules have changed since then.

    Classless organization. Classless Coach. Classless Players.

    BTW – how does Colon look with one eyebrow?

  42. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 22, 2013 2:24 PM

    jayniner says: Sep 22, 2013 12:35 PM

    The San Jose police department responded today to ESPN that there was no marijuana in Aldon’s car.
    ——————————————

    He’d finished it all?

  43. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 22, 2013 2:30 PM

    Could end up in rehab?
    I guess it depends on his mindset.

  44. nyfootballgiants says: Sep 22, 2013 2:32 PM

    The tam can choose to suspend him. However, they would suspend him for conduct detrimental to team – not for DUI.

    By allowing him to play – it’s another “classy” move. Due to pr hit, they mentioned the number of plays will be based on how he performs. Isn’t that true every week ?

    Finally, if they truly care about his well being, shouldn’t he be going into rehab immediately – and not after playing in this game?

    Just the latest example of the miners wanting it both ways.

  45. dedicatedhawkfan says: Sep 22, 2013 2:37 PM

    cartire says: Sep 22, 2013 12:31 PM

    The kid is still young and rich. He makes stupid mistakes. He doesnt need rehab, he needs proper punishment that will stick.

    Indefinite suspension w/o pay while performing community service for X amount of hours. After thats done, he could return.

    Rehab seems to be the defacto solution so that these people dont have to take responsibility. Rehab will not change his habits, it will just postpone them. He needs to suffer from money loss and manual labor to actually change.
    ________________________________
    Whether he needs rehab or not is something only he can determine. If he is truly willing to surrender his will, rehab CAN change his habits because he can learn he can live without the substance/alcohol and thus make better decisions. I do believe he needs to suffer consequences for his behavior even if he enters rehab.
    I wish him nothing but the best should he make this very hard decision. And this from a die-hard Seahawk fan (aka 49er hater).

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