Aldon Smith could end up in rehab this week

AP

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.

45 responses to “Aldon Smith could end up in rehab this week

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. @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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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?

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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?

  26. 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?

  27. 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.

  28. 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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