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Jed York: Playing was “best decision for Aldon” from a personal perspective

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The 49ers allowed outside linebacker Aldon Smith to play on Sunday because they believed it to be in his best interest.

That was the explanation offered by 49ers CEO Jed York after the Niners’ 27-7 loss to the Colts on Sunday.

Peter King of the MMQB.com reported Sunday that Smith would seek treatment at an in-patient facility this week. Smith was arrested Friday morning on a DUI charge.

According to a transcript of his remarks from the club, York said that “there’s no right answer” with regard to how the club made the call on whether to play Smith or not. According to York, GM Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh “handled” the decision and consulted with him.

“We thought it was the best decision for Aldon and for him in the future and for him to make progress and get better,” York said when asked by a reporter whether Smith played with an eye on giving the club the best chance at winning.

York also said that the club believed letting Smith play instead of deactivating him or punishing him some other way on Sunday wasn’t the proper call.

“Our opinion was, sitting somebody down and paying them to sit down when they’re going to seek treatment in the future, that didn’t seem like an appropriate punishment,” York said. “I know it might not sound reasonable, but for Aldon to be able to face the media, face his teammates, and take full responsibility for what he’s doing, we felt that was the best situation for Aldon himself, and for the team, and ultimately the community at large. And I realize people might not agree with that decision, but that was the decision that we felt was best.”

York said the organization wants to help Smith.

“We support Aldon if Aldon is willing to fight for himself and try to make this right and I will stand here and I will support him and I’ll take any shots that anybody wants to direct at the organization, you can direct them to me,” York said. “And I will support Aldon as long as he’s willing to work at this and fight to get better.”

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37 Responses to “Jed York: Playing was “best decision for Aldon” from a personal perspective”
  1. 4thqtrsaint says: Sep 22, 2013 11:11 PM

    Translation: “We need Aldon to win. We thought.”

  2. ecupatsfan12 says: Sep 22, 2013 11:17 PM

    Jed York. Shut the hell up. Its in the best interest for your FOOTBALL team. You only care for Aldon because he is a heck of a football player. Instead of disciplining him and making him realize how big of an idiot he is and possibly changing him you do what every other person in Aldons life has done and make excuses for him. That isn’t going to change anything. He can win games all he wants but when he goes Hernandez mode in the offseason (hope that doesn’t happen because I love Aldon as a player) are you gonna go Urban Meyer and say this isn’t on me? Seriously? Get him HELP and DISCIPLINE. Its like my really good friend from college who failed out of school. He is consistently getting into trouble in his hometown with drugs, alcohol, fights and stuff.. cant hold down a job and he isn’t just an normal teenager. He is one of my good friends, and he is a good person but his parents enable him by giving him things and not disciplining him and allowing him to go out no matter what. When he was in college he was well behaved because me and my roommates kept him in line..but you cant baby sit a 19 year old.

    Jed York you really need to look yourself in the mirror after that statement.

  3. Brinke says: Sep 22, 2013 11:24 PM

    “York also said that the club believed letting Smith play instead of deactivating him or punishing him some other way on Sunday wasn’t the proper call.”

    Letting him play wasn’t the proper call? Then why did he play?

  4. elwaysagenius says: Sep 22, 2013 11:24 PM

    Most hypocritical franchise in any of the 4 major sports

  5. xx4zu1 says: Sep 22, 2013 11:25 PM

    Actually sitting him was the right answer. Had he entered treatment before he got busted then you let him play.

  6. number1hawkfan says: Sep 22, 2013 11:26 PM

    Lets hope he gets some help. As for the 49ers lets hope this is the beginning of a long season. They come along way from being “above reproach”. Harbaugh and York look like idiots here. How id this in his best interest. I would think rehab 2 days ago would have been in his best interest. What would happen if he wanted one more bender before rehab and it ended badly. DEE– BAGG HARBAUGH STYLE!!!!!!

  7. doe22us says: Sep 22, 2013 11:27 PM

    Cop out, you suspend him without pay, i am sure that is within the rights of the organization. Get out of here, Yorkie.

  8. andreweac says: Sep 22, 2013 11:33 PM

    Dump York.

  9. packeray says: Sep 22, 2013 11:34 PM

    How convenient. Hypocrite!

  10. raidertheo says: Sep 22, 2013 11:36 PM

    I think the league is so sick of everything that comes from this team. The egos and narcissistic behavior they have is finally on full display because they are losing games. Harbaugh has some of the worst sportsmanship this league has seen.

    For the GM to say this has nothing to do with winning or helping the team is straight up BS. I know Harbaugh has had nothing but success since he came into the NFL but he needs to grow up as a human being. This is the type of team that could implode psychologically if stuff starts going wrong because their leader is not a mature adult.

  11. FinFan68 says: Sep 22, 2013 11:36 PM

    I am not arguing about playing him today. There are several issues that factor in due to the CBA and other disciplinary rules but saying it was the best thing for Smith is a BS reason. It’s cool they are supporting him IF he takes steps to help himself but I think he played mostly because they needed their best pass rusher against an athletic and elusive QB.

  12. mrwalterisgod says: Sep 22, 2013 11:38 PM

    The classy get classier.

    We’re going to find out just how good of a coach Harbaugh is. I won’t hold my breath though- he’s burned bridges at every stop he’s made, but only now is he encountering adversity.

  13. acdc84 says: Sep 22, 2013 11:44 PM

    York is spot on. It was DEFINATELY in the best interest of the organization to let him play. I mean, what speaks “serious” and “discipline” more than announcing an indefinite suspension AFTER he was allowed to play the entire game!

  14. wrongsizeglass says: Sep 22, 2013 11:51 PM

    Letting Smith play was the best option for the 49ers. Period.

    The 49ers wanted a win. They needed a win. And lets face it, Aldon Smith wasn’t going to check into a rehab facility today anyway so the 49ers used him for one more game.

    Stay classy, 49ers.

  15. dlbpatsfan says: Sep 23, 2013 12:31 AM

    Now that’s what I call a CEO!

  16. frk49rs says: Sep 23, 2013 12:42 AM

    I like the way Jed stood up for him, as long as he is willing to work to get better I will support him… AS long as he is willing to work to get better, not just we’ll just let the NFL do whatever.

    Aldon get better man not just for me as a fan, or the 9ers, but for you bro.

    I thought we should suspend him, but if he is willing to go to rehab, that is even better…

    As far as him playing, well I have seen enough intervention shows to know some times the addict needs something before they go. If that is what it took to get him to agree to go, then I’m ok with him playing, it is all about him getting better.

  17. acdc84 says: Sep 23, 2013 12:46 AM

    So was playing Aldon Smith just hours after his second DUI the best “personal decision” or “personnel decision” for the 9ers??

  18. bluebongzilla says: Sep 23, 2013 1:42 AM

    The 49ers will always be a low class, amoral team as long as the DeBartolo lineage is involved.

  19. truckenlauten says: Sep 23, 2013 2:14 AM

    Punishing wouldn’t be the proper call Mr. York ?
    I’m just wondering what if he would have killed one of your family members? Then would that still be the right call. This is his second time he was given a DUI ticket and oh ya don’t forget about the shooting incident. All I can say about you, your GM and so called head coach you must have your heads up your asses. If you cared anything about Mr. Smith you would have sent him to rehab right away. Shame on you and your lousy 49er origination.

  20. joetoronto says: Sep 23, 2013 3:53 AM

    “We thought it was the best decision for Aldon and for him in the future and for him to make progress and get better,” York said

    You always do what’s best for the team and playing him sent the wrong message.

  21. jayhawk6 says: Sep 23, 2013 5:29 AM

    Jeez, what a load of malarkey. Jim Harbaugh was desperate to win, that’s why Aldon Smith played.

    If Harbaugh were not such a humorless, self-centered jerk, he would have realized long before now that Smith is very young and had not developed the skill set necessary to properly deal with a high level of success at such an early point in his pro football career.

  22. onbucky96 says: Sep 23, 2013 6:03 AM

    Ok Mr.York, I’m so glad you’re concerned for Aldon Smith. WTHE! Your Coach is an ASS of monolithic proportion. You’ve collected a bunch of borderline criminals that up to now you’ve turned a blind eye towards. And now, only after MULTIPLE alcohol related incidents, do you speak up? Karma is a bitch, and she’s coming for the 49ers.

  23. kirbylaw says: Sep 23, 2013 6:13 AM

    The “face the music” right away method works for some. Sure they wanted him to help them play a football game, but if they follow-up immediately with insisting that he seek and/or use the help available to him in every community in the world AND; if it is Smith’s desire to so; I like York’s position.

  24. zackd2 says: Sep 23, 2013 7:16 AM

    He can face the media and his teammates without playing. They played him cause they wanted him to help them win.

  25. thehuckster404 says: Sep 23, 2013 7:19 AM

    So, this was a financial decision. Since the CBA wouldn’t let you withhold pay, you went ahead and got your money’s worth out of Aldon.

    Jed, doing the right thing is rarely the path of least resistance.

  26. n0hopeleft says: Sep 23, 2013 7:44 AM

    Liar. You’re a fraud, your team is a fraud, and a fish stinks at the head.

  27. cometkazie says: Sep 23, 2013 7:58 AM

    The best answer is that there is no best answer.

    The trolls are gonna whine whatever you do.

    If he is always playing with a hangover, imagine how good he could be if he wasn’t hung over?

  28. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 23, 2013 8:01 AM

    Now THAT is an owner right there:

    “…any shots anybody wants to direct at the organization, you can direct them toward me”

  29. chiadam says: Sep 23, 2013 8:26 AM

    Funny, Smith playing was also best from a Colts perspective, since he was the invisible man.

  30. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 23, 2013 8:26 AM

    Playing was the best perspective?

    How about making him take accountability? Like responsible people would do?

  31. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 23, 2013 8:30 AM

    And they played him because they wanted to win not because it was best for him personally.

    Just like Rex Ryan with Braylon Edwards in 2010, Harbaugh sends the message that crime does pay. So does arrogance and swallowing principles, though I wonder if Harbaugh has any, besides winning.

  32. godofwine330 says: Sep 23, 2013 8:49 AM

    @ Jed York “We support Aldon if Aldon is willing to fight for himself and try to make this right and I will stand here and I will support him and I’ll take any shots that anybody wants to direct at the organization, you can direct them to me,” York said. “And I will support Aldon as long as he’s willing to work at this and fight to get better.”

    I heard this yesterday and I loved hearing it if it was truly meant. He also said defer to me any criticism of the organization. Now that’s leadership. Not passing the buck, and backing your people (while privately talking to them) even when they do wrong. Good stuff.

  33. tundratommy says: Sep 23, 2013 8:52 AM

    That’s just a bunch of gobble-gobble jive turkey talk.

  34. jm91rs says: Sep 23, 2013 10:32 AM

    Odell Thurman 2.0? I hope not.

  35. whenwilliteverend says: Sep 23, 2013 11:02 AM

    I’m disappointed in the Niners. Let’s face it, he was near the facility an hour before a meeting. If he hadn’t been arrested would he have been at the meeting? Probably. More than likely, it wouldn’t have been the first meeting he showed up inebriated. That tells me that everyone in those meetings just turned a blind eye.

    I think it’s poetic justice they got beat…and I like the Niners and Harbaugh. They aren’t my favorite team but I like their physical style.

    The most disturbing part of this whole incident is it’s not his first arrest for DUI. I guess nobody in the NFL learned anything from Josh Brent getting another teammate killed. But then again, you have an organization (Cowboys) enabling him even though he killed one of its own players. By the way, it wasn’t Brent’s first DUI incident either.

    Sooner or later, another person will be killed by an NFL player driving drunk which then makes me wonder if the survivor’s family will sue the NFL because they basically do nothing about it.

  36. jimmydixx12 says: Sep 23, 2013 11:24 AM

    If…”if” this team turns it around, will all you haters and failures at life still be around? It’s still week three, and dancing on someone’s grave this early, especially in this league, is a little premature.

    Meanwhile, my Bears are 3-0 !!! We’re gonna keep gettin’ better, then we’re gonna come for you Seahawks…it’s only a matter of time before the league and “karma” catches up with you too…tick…tick….tick :)

  37. tomre32 says: Sep 23, 2013 11:38 AM

    Really tough crowd for the most part. Aldon has a problem with alcohol. He did something really dumb which is something many alcoholics do.
    Then 49ers allowed him to play. How could they???

    I have known folks who have had similar problems who are not a high profile athlete. Have gotten a drunk driving non-injury accident and it was not their first. And guess what they were at work the next day and continued to work for a week or so. During this time they were confronted about their behavior and they asked for help and entered a treatment program. I don’t think anyone at the company was up in arms because they were allowed to keep working at the time.

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