Aldon Smith is en route to rehab facility

AP

Last night, Peter King reported that 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will enter a rehab facility early this week.

Per a league source, Smith already is on his way.

It’s unclear where Smith is headed, but he’s flying to the facility at which he’ll spend the next several weeks.

“He needs massive support,” another league source said of Smith.

The Pro Bowler also will be receiving significant support from the NFLPA, which we’re told has been monitoring the situation very closely.  With the Niners placing Smith on the non-football illness list, the first question the NFLPA will be exploring is whether the organization will continue to pay Smith during his indefinite leave of absence.

Technically, the 49ers don’t have to pay Smith.  It would be a surprise if they don’t.

45 responses to “Aldon Smith is en route to rehab facility

  1. This guy is going to get some intense, special treatment. I hope he can take advantage of it and turn his life around. There’s a lot more at stake than his football career. Good luck Aldon.

  2. Good for Aldon, get healthy. on the side note Seadderall’s “12 man” consist of loud speakers, boeing 747 engines, the stadiums design and oh yea a few fans high off starbucks.

  3. He needs to spend at least a month where ever he is going. Obviously he has a serious problem, and you don’t get over it in a few days. I hope he stays the course, because that’s his only hope. He will never play in the NFL again if he doesn’t take care of this problem. I wish him well.

  4. I hope he isn’t paid for his time off! How many ways can you tell your team “if you’re good we’ll do anything for you but if you’re average your fired”.

  5. realskipbayless says: Sep 23, 2013 2:12 PM

    He’s gonna stop off at a buddys house on the way for a drink and a smoke
    ================================

    Again – if it doesn’t get erased.

    Hope he’s not driving.

    Why is that so bad?

  6. I would have a lot more sympathy for the guy if this occurred before the stabbings, shootings, assaults, car crashes, felony arrests and DUIs.

    He is a criminal and addiction will not get him a free pass for bad behavior in my eyes. This whole charade has just been orchestrated to get the heat off the kid. He will be in trouble again within the year.

  7. How many franchises in the past have let one of their star players leave during the season for rehab? Seriously! How many? Got to give niners credit on this one even though the haters won’t

    Get well, Aldon!!!

  8. glad to see nflpa main concern is to make sure he still gets to collect his massive paycheck for not doing his job. hey I hope he gets his life together but why should the niners be forced to pay him for something that is not football related and for a condition he brought on himself? nobody made him drink right? it’s not like he has a non preventable disease like cancer or something right? it’s his second arrest in less than a year and if he did not learn anything from the first time why should they reward him for doing it again? do these morals clauses and conduct detrimental to the team clauses not mean anything?

  9. This is all for show, how he’s passed drug tests previous to this are beyond my comprehension. He was a character issue,according to they league those players are tested often. What I don’t get is if he had a prescription but was popping pills to use for games to be jacked or if him and von were just caught doing what many players do.

    If any stupid fan complain about marijuana treatment not necessary their obviously forgetting this is for pills not weed. He either has a problem or just for show of good faith.

    But I’m seriously doubting that the niners aren’t tampering with samples or tests, this just screams cheating. Again how can an ” addict ” with character issues and priors get away with pill popping. I bet if we checked we’d find Alot of ”prescriptions ” for said team.

    Either way this is some Bs and the niners are down right ready to implode. They came out of absolutely no where to become world beaters and just as fast they can become the doormat team the nfcw again. I doubt it happens. But it’s just as possible. Harbaugh cheaters never prosper. Don’t be a hypocrite.

  10. Great news. I’d rather he gets the help he needs than to be playing Thursday Night and essentially playing Russian Roulette with his life in his down time. Good luck, Aldon.

    @seatownballers…… great post. I have respect for fans that can put aside rivalries and act like a real person. It’s a rare thing on this site.

  11. Aldon has a disarming smile and seems truly likable. That in fact may be part of why people may have enabled him along the way. In any event, it would be fantastic if he was successful with rehab, it seems so few are.

    No team should pay a player in this situation however. He should suffer the consequences financially for the hurt he has caused his team and the devastation he could have caused someone while driving impaired.

    Employers are not parents nor nannies. His choices are what are causing him not to play.

  12. With today’s technology and considering the $billions involved, it’s a wonder they don’t simply put a stop to this nonsense.

    Every rookies should be required to have a chip implanted in their brain. It could monitor their alcohol level, how late they’re staying awake, any other drugs including PED (sorry Pittsburgh), concussions, etc.

    Any time predetermined norms are breached, a little reminder zap could be sent. If it continues, ramp up the voltage.

    Eventually it would be mandatory lights out.

    Problem solved.

  13. @49erstim……. Indeed. I couldn’t agree more.

    As a Seahawks fan I hope and pray for the best for Aldon Smith and the 49ers. I hope Aldon gets the help he needs. And I hope he comes back better than ever.

    A good rivalry needs good teams, and the 49er/Seahawk rivalry is a sight to behold when both teams are playing at a high level.

  14. I don’t see why some franchises make decisions based on public opinion. The masses are asses and REALLY don’t care. It’s just fake concern.

    The people who haven’t ever driven with alcohol in their system in America are in the minority. Even the former president caught a DUI. The people who have been charged with DUI has driven dozens up to hundred of times before they caught their first one.

    All this uproar against Aldon Smith is fake. The difference between him and the average America is that he got caught.

    Not saying that DUI is acceptible. It’s really not, but let he without sin cast the first stone.

  15. Very glad to see him taking the steps he needs to take before someone else essentially forces him to do it. I think NOT seeing the standard lawyer-issued apology is a great sign here.

    From what he did say, though, I noticed one thing: This is not a “thing” that will get “fixed”. It’s you, Aldon. Your behavior. The first step to getting help is owning that it’s you and your behavior that’s the issue, not a “thing”. But I’m sure that will be covered on day one.

    If you own it, you can control it. If you don’t, then you’re wasting your time.

    Best of luck to you. This Seahawk fan would rather see you beaten down by Russell Okung twice a year for the next 8-10 years rather than by any personal demons you may be facing. Now go move forward and get yourself back out on the field where you belong. I am very hopeful your success story will serve as an example for those players who find themselves on a similar path in the future….hopefully before they do permanent damage to themselves or others.

  16. ctiggs says:
    Sep 23, 2013 2:19 PM
    Good for Aldon, get healthy. on the side note Seadderall’s “12 man” consist of loud speakers, boeing 747 engines, the stadiums design and oh yea a few fans high off starbucks.
    _________

    You forgot one (well, two):

    3-0 and a 2-game lead in the division.

    KThxBye

  17. The NFL and NFLPA need to come up with some sort of discipline for DUI offenders. Long overdue.

    Yes I know the NFLPA should protect its players but why protect people who drive drunk? One of their own was killed last year because of this!

  18. You gotta wonder if there were warning signs before the season started and if proper care could have been taken before things got out of hand. Then again, that could apply to his fellow LB as well.

  19. So glad he is getting the help he needs….but why the hell should he get paid while gone, pay is for work performed. If he is rehab then he isn’t working which means NO PAY!!! none of us would get paid for screwing up

  20. If you look at that situation…. he has a real problem. He was supposed to be at the team facility within an hour from when we was arrested.

    That means he was going into the team facility drunk. He would have probably still been legaly drunk for their practice that morning.

    That’s a real issue.

    Shame on the 49er’s for allowing him to play this weekend too.

  21. So…when is “karma” and the proverbial crisis gonna hit the Seahawks? Because you ‘Hawk fans know it’ll happen ….your fall is coming too Seattle…

    For the record, Bears fan here who sees right through Seattle…BTW you tools stole “12th Man” from Texas A & M…but what would you expect from a franchise equivalent to the early 2000’s Sacramento Kings?

  22. Packer’s fan here, I hope he embraces the help he so desperately needs.

    Dealt with Johnny Jolly for several years and it’s tough to differentiate the knuckleheads who don’t give a crap how they act in an entitlement world, and the ones who truly do.

    Here’s to Aldon getting his life back on track.

  23. As much as I despise the 49’ers, I hope this kid gets it together. He’s a helluva ball player! Hopefully he’s as successful in his rehab stint as he is on the field.

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