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Goodell says Aldon Smith entering rehab will count in his favor

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is less likely to face league discipline because he decided on his own to enter rehabilitation for addiction.

Asked by ESPN if Smith’s decision to seek alcohol treatment works in his favor, Goodell said, “Yes, it will be a factor, for sure.”

Although Smith played on September 22, two days after he was arrested for drunk driving, he has been in rehab since then and will miss his fifth consecutive game on Sunday. Goodell said that the point of suspensions is to help players, not to punish them, and so Smith deserves credit for seeking help on his own.

“Certainly, the issue here isn’t to discipline players. It’s to stop the behavior,” Goodell said. “Aldon has voluntarily said, ‘I need help.’ We’re obviously there to support him, and the 49ers did a great job getting him into a facility to try to get help. We support that.”

That may make sense when it comes to potential discipline for drunk driving, but Smith is also currently facing four felony weapons charges. If Smith is convicted on those charges, seeking treatment for alcohol abuse likely won’t be enough to let him off the hook as far as the league office is concerned.

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33 Responses to “Goodell says Aldon Smith entering rehab will count in his favor”
  1. anygivenwednesday13 says: Oct 26, 2013 8:40 AM

    Let me beat the idiot to the punch:

    “You ever notice this kinda thing never happens in Pittsburgh?”

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 26, 2013 8:56 AM

    I’ll drink to that.

  3. tv426 says: Oct 26, 2013 9:05 AM

    Something tells me that if he played for NO he would be banned for life.

  4. sfniners4life says: Oct 26, 2013 9:17 AM

    Haven’t seen any other team take actions on there own when in a hole. This rightfully should be considered a 4 game suspension which he going to sit out 5. Maybe the rest of the league should take notice and not try to cover it up and the nfl would’ve have to get involve.

  5. doorharp11 says: Oct 26, 2013 9:24 AM

    i hope you succeed in your recovery! for those who cant do your research its for your own good. some programs across the worl have an 80% success rate and across the world treament centers have been around for 100s of years and have nearly perfected their treatments. doctors want to sell pills and what do they do if the first ones dont work prescribe you something else that wont work. there in the business of making money find ones that dont! from one christian to the rest of you get healthy and stay healthy!

  6. anygivenwednesday13 says: Oct 26, 2013 9:29 AM

    I can’t help but wonder: does he truly have a drinking problem? Or is he simply young, entitled, rich, and dumb and the 9ers gave him this strategy in order to send him a message (he’s essentially suspended; with pay); while protecting the future of their talented investment?

  7. steelers408 says: Oct 26, 2013 9:39 AM

    Right, but what about the gun charges he is being charged with? He is looking at doing possible jail time. Especially since the DA is under a microscope on this. I think a league suspension is the least of his worries at the moment.

  8. jm91rs says: Oct 26, 2013 9:51 AM

    I’d put him on a one game suspension to save face for the debacle when they started him and sent him to rehab right after the game. Other than that time served seems to be sufficient. I’d guess he’s on the Odell Thurman one more strike and you’re out plan.

  9. golforepar says: Oct 26, 2013 9:56 AM

    Goodell seems to think this is not that big of an issue. Coach crybaby Jim must be working his majic!

  10. thegrigga49 says: Oct 26, 2013 10:16 AM


  11. sonoco says: Oct 26, 2013 10:27 AM

    I doubt Smith ever does a day for the gun charges. First, I believe it’s three charges and not four. Second, the charges are not as heinous as they sound. He legally purchased the guns in Arizona where ownership of these guns is perfectly OK, then stupidly brought them to California. And third, it sounds like the County DA and Sheriff have so badly botched things, from a 14-15 month delay in charging him while in the meantime inviting Aldon to the Sheriff’s shooting range for target practice and a helicopter ride, they may never get a conviction. He’s more likely to do a couple of weeks for the DUI.

  12. billytodd2013blbaad says: Oct 26, 2013 10:55 AM

    well hopefully Smith gets his head straight but atleast he now knows that King Goodell said this will count in his favor….thanks Roger now do us all a favor and GO AWAY!!

  13. kylexitron says: Oct 26, 2013 10:57 AM

    If its a felony to posses the guns in California, why does it matter how or where he got them? He violated a state law. It doesn’t really matter where they came from.

  14. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 26, 2013 10:58 AM

    I agree if a players takes things into his own hands and seeks some treatment for his drug and drinking problem that should be taken into account.

    The the 49er fans saying the rest of NFL should follow your teams lead, really??? Brooks didn’t get any repercussion and this drinking and crashing into a tree event took place after that.

    Now as for the felony gun charges even if some people think those are light ask Plaxico Burress how that worked out for him. He didn’t get put in prison suspended for shooting himself. He had permits and bought the guns in Florida and brought them to NY. Sound familiar?

  15. 1rockyracoon says: Oct 26, 2013 11:07 AM

    Do players still get paid if they are in a substance abuse program Andy’s games. Because this is an easy out for players who get arrested for drunk driving. Player A gets arrested for driving drunk. The next day his agent informs the league his client has entered a treatment program for the next 2 weeks. Player A gets paid and he avoids punishment from the league because the NFL would look awful suspending a player seeking treatment for their addiction. It’s not moral, but it seems like it would work.

  16. cursedvikings1998 says: Oct 26, 2013 11:17 AM

    Aldon Smith shoots someone = no problem for Goodell cuz he entered rehab.

    Bill Belichick systematically cheats his way to the top for years and wins three Super Bowls because of it = no problem for Goodell cuz he hearts Tom Brady.

    Saints have an alleged bounty system, although no on one actually go hurt from it and every other team in the league was doing it at one point = Goodell must destroy the Saints at all costs!!!!

  17. sonoco says: Oct 26, 2013 11:27 AM

    Smith isn’t being pursued by NY and their zero tolerance law. Not every county in the state of California even enforces the current assault rifle law as it is written. It’s highly enforced in urban areas and not so much in suburban and rural areas.

  18. mancave001 says: Oct 26, 2013 11:32 AM

    The point SHOULD be to punish players for this behavior, because that will help them. It’s called being held accountable.

  19. sonoco says: Oct 26, 2013 11:36 AM


    Somebody got wounded at Aldons Smith’s party by shots fired from the gun of the people that were asked to leave. Aldon Smith and Delanie Walker were cleared of charges for illegally discharging a firearm. But go ahead and believe what you want. Don’t let it get in the way of a good conspiracy theory. Heaven forbid.

  20. dontfwme says: Oct 26, 2013 11:42 AM

    The league should still fine him for the salary he received while in rehab. Most suspensions are without pay. So even though he has effectively served his suspension while in rehab, he should still be docked the pay.

    The niners did great with sending him to rehab. But continuing to pay him sends the wrong message.

  21. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 26, 2013 11:49 AM

    He finishes rehab…2 game suspension from Goodell so it looks like he did something…back in time for the playoffs…

    …and the wheels on the bus go round and round.

  22. goldrush36 says: Oct 26, 2013 11:57 AM

    Hmmmm…. Well discharging a firearm in public and possession are nowhere near the same. Not to mention New York’s gun laws are even worse. So no it doesn’t sound familiar. He didn’t buy a $20 part to lock the magazine I’m place. That is the reality of the situation. Stupid comparison

  23. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 26, 2013 12:00 PM

    sfniners4life says:Oct 26, 2013 9:17 AM

    Haven’t seen any other team take actions on there own when in a hole. This rightfully should be considered a 4 game suspension which he going to sit out 5. Maybe the rest of the league should take notice and not try to cover it up and the nfl would’ve have to get involve.
    The rest of the league is definitely taking notice…of what a joke and complete hypocrisy the niners and it’s organization are. This isn’t a story about the niners doing something good. It’s about what a mess it is over there. Harbaugh got on his soap box and preached accountability before the season, but I guess that doesn’t cover actual criminal behavior.

    I hope Smith gets the help he needs, but don’t act like the niners are out on the freakn cutting edge on player conduct…because they’re definintely one of the worst in that regard.

  24. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 26, 2013 12:02 PM

    “You ever notice this kinda thing never happens in Pittsburgh?”

    We have noticed that.

  25. nocrud4me says: Oct 26, 2013 12:14 PM

    Normally would have been a four game suspension. Since he’ll have missed more than four games, I think the league will give him a huge fine – especially since he’s getting paid while he seeks help.

  26. joetoronto says: Oct 26, 2013 12:23 PM

    “Goodell says Aldon Smith’s talent will count in his favor”

  27. uncletuna says: Oct 26, 2013 12:35 PM

    “Goodell says Aldon Smith entering rehab will count in his favor” – that, and the fact he’s a key player on the 49ers…

  28. dezforprez says: Oct 26, 2013 12:46 PM

    I hate stories like this extremely talented player but decided to throw it all away… how the hell do you get 4 felony charges even if he doesn’t play again i hope he gets help

  29. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:12 PM

    sonoco says: Oct 26, 2013 11:27 AM

    Smith isn’t being pursued by NY and their zero tolerance law. Not every county in the state of California even enforces the current assault rifle law as it is written. It’s highly enforced in urban areas and not so much in suburban and rural areas.


    I stand corrected.

    Just to be straight – I wasn’t trying to imply he would get the same sentence as Plaxico because I think they made an example out of him but that its not some light charge. 4 felony gun charges are no joke. A suspension from the NFL still has to happen. That’s coming from a fan who wants to see the best players on the field.

  30. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Oct 26, 2013 1:13 PM

    Niners rolling now. They’re scary as it but what happens when they get Aldon back, Crabtree back, Manningham back and unveil TANK CARRADINE on the D-line! Oh – and they might just throw in one of the most talented backs in the country in Marcus Lattimore the last few games of the season!

    Circle December 8th on your calendar Seahawk trolls! SeaADDeral is going down hard. Very, very hard and you know it

  31. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Oct 26, 2013 2:08 PM

    keep hating haters u wish your sorry team had ALDON SMITH..he won’t get jail time. All suspensions from the league will come next season at the earliest after we win the superbowl with aldon. He’s coming back after the bye to sack drew annoying brees.

    seadderall is just an illusion chasing super bowl dreams, saints will always be a finnesse team.


  32. calicokiller49 says: Oct 26, 2013 3:03 PM

    Can someone please explain why we have to go to the saints two years in a row. We beat em in the playoffs then we have to go last year, now again, shouldn’t they have to come to the stick this year!

  33. GBwomenrhot says: Oct 27, 2013 9:32 AM

    Throw the key away….THIS IS A BAD GUY!!!!

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