Aldon Smith released from custody after posting $20,000 bail

AP

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith’s Sunday trip to the airport in Los Angeles ended with a visit to jail instead of a flight to another city, but he was released before the night was out.

Smith was booked for being in violation of California Penal Code 148.1(a) after saying he had a bomb during an incident with airport security, which carries a possible punishment of one year in jail. For now, though, Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group reports that he’s out of custody after posting $20,000 bail.

As reported on Sunday night, police believe Smith had been drinking alcohol before the incident but cannot confirm it because it had no bearing on the conditions of his arrest. It’s sure to be a big concern for the 49ers, however, as Smith spent time in rehab last season and still has charges pending for the second of his two recent DUI arrests. Smith also still faces weapon charges after authorities found guns at his home last summer during a party that ended with Smith being treated for stab wounds.

49ers CEO Jed York said last month that the team thought Smith was doing well after his rehab stint and that the team didn’t want to “make it more stick than carrot” when it came to making sure he remained out of trouble in the future. The team said it was “disappointed” in a statement on Sunday, however, and they have a decision to make about the fifth-year option on Smith’s contract.

As they’re unlikely to release Smith, passing on that would be the likeliest way for the 49ers to employ the stick in light of this arrest. The impact could be limited, though. Even with Sunday’s developments, a strong 2014 season for Smith would turn that into a lot of carrots from the 49ers or someone else at some point in the 2015 offseason.

59 responses to “Aldon Smith released from custody after posting $20,000 bail

  1. “Who has it better than us?”

    Most of the teams in the NFL,

    that don’t employ Aldon Smith or Colin Kaepernick

  2. What a bonehead… Anybody who doesnt understand the severity of even saying the word ‘bomb’ in a US airport after 911 is either a punk or needs serious mental therapy!!

    Kick this guy out of the league!

  3. Jeeze dude, you gotta get it together. You’re lucky to be alive after running into a tree with a .15 BAC. Apparently that wasn’t one of those life changing moments, in spite of the fact that I’d be in jail right now if I’d done the same thing.

    I hope he gets better, but at this point it’s starting to look less and less likely.

  4. Typical in the NFL. You can even murder someone and still be the darling of the NFL and even become the face of a pregame show for the NFL in retirement…..So it will be no shock that Aldon Smith will be pampered by the 49ers as he is an elite talent and talent trumps all.

  5. This guy has got too many “second” chances already. This better result in jail time, just like it would for any other regular citizen. Sick of these athletes getting special treatment. This is not his first dance with the law, and these charges should come into play when deciding his FELONY gun crimes. Let him sit in prison.

  6. Hey Jed open your eyes the guys got a history of addiction problems , gun issues, getting stabbed and you don’t want to make it more “stick than Carrot”…..good luck with your approach, it wont do 49ers or him any good…the old saying “givem enough rope and they’ll hang both of you”

  7. In case y’all hadn’t noticed, Goodell is no longer doing anything to protect the integrity of the league. Dolphins, Ray Rice, Jim Irsay= bullying, woman-bashing, drugs. All topics that Goodell is saying loud and clear are okay by doing squat about them.

  8. Good for him he’s not a lesser talent. Otherwise the 49’ers could get all self righteous and cut him. But he’s too good a player. He’ll get a fine which will be for him peanuts, do his fake rehab thing and the next time it happens there will be another dog and pony show. And so it goes. America, where money or the ability to make other people money trumps all.

  9. Roger Goodell… come out from your rock and do something. Your unfair rulings are making you the worst commissioner in history of pro sports… Man up and suspend this guy for the entire year. Minimum.

  10. Any chargse against anyone should be taken serious. Getting in trouble the first time should be a wake up call for most, but overall all three cases against Aldon Smith are really overblown. I’m not saying he was in the right, just that it’s not as bad as it sounds. The Weapon charges were on guns that he purchased legally in Arizona after a game. With all the tough California gun laws the guns needed to be registered in California and also modified slightly. Yes he got a DUI, but the majority of anyone who drinks have also driven drunk at some point in their life. He just happen to get caught. Not saying it’s right but he’s worse than the majority of people who drink. Finally, what got Aldon in trouble at the Airport wasn’t him saying bomb, it was his actions afterwards. If he just was calm and polite to the officers they would of sent him on his way.

  11. burbankvikings says:Apr 14, 2014 9:45 AM

    Any chargse against anyone should be taken serious. Getting in trouble the first time should be a wake up call for most, but overall all three cases against Aldon Smith are really overblown. I’m not saying he was in the right, just that it’s not as bad as it sounds. The Weapon charges were on guns that he purchased legally in Arizona after a game. With all the tough California gun laws the guns needed to be registered in California and also modified slightly. Yes he got a DUI, but the majority of anyone who drinks have also driven drunk at some point in their life. He just happen to get caught. Not saying it’s right but he’s worse than the majority of people who drink. Finally, what got Aldon in trouble at the Airport wasn’t him saying bomb, it was his actions afterwards. If he just was calm and polite to the officers they would of sent him on his way.

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    I agree for the most part, but a DUI is not overblown. Have many people that drink also driven a car while over the limit and not been caught? Yes. Is that everyone that drinks? No. I hope that the average person that drinks now takes it way more seriously than people did 10 years ago. The thing that is sad for me is if these guys plan to drink they can afford to have a car service or to pay a driver. They really have no excuse at all.

  12. I’m not going to come on here and trash him like others because I don’t know what type of issues this guy has or is going through, but it’s clear to me at this point that he needs to get an indefinite suspension until all his legal matters are cleared and he receives serious help. I don’t know if it’s mental health issues, drugs, alcohol etc., but he’s a ticking time bomb right now, no pun intended.

  13. Im sorry but I can no longer be a fan of this guy. He acts like hes 12, has parties drinks and drives at 7am and is a total idiot for saying bomb in an airport. Seriously Trent just kick him off the team.

  14. There isn’t a team in the league that wouldn’t take this guy. Goodell will do everything he can behind the scenes to get Aldon out of trouble. The NFL has changed all of their people into this way of thinking. After years of holding Ozzie Newsome in the highest regard, for his play, his leadership, his talent evaluation and what seemed like high character. Following Goodell’s lead, Ozzie now supports punching women, knocking them out, and dragging them across the floor. Devastating that this game I loved makes a stronger stand for crime than against.

  15. This guy is LT 2.0

    He’s always going to walk the edge and you just have to hope he doesn’t put the team in a position where they have to get rid of him.

    Until then all you fools wish you had the best pure pass rusher in the game on your team.

    Iron Sharpens Iron

  16. This starts and ends with the coach.

    You can paint this guy any way you want, but the reality is every time one of these happens you see Harbaugh come out and say all the wrong things which is exactly why they keep happening.

    Disagree with me? Would he still be on the team if his coach was Bill Bellicheck?

    Aldon Smith is a reflection of his coach, winning is far more important than being a responsible adult. This has to be the message Aldon is getting from Harbaugh.

  17. Sure, Aldon Smith needs help…I’m sure when he reads the media response he’ll start to feel sorry for himself, then issue some “heartfelt” apology to the 9ers org & fans. He’ll comply initially, like he’s done before, but he’ll turn to his old ways soon enough when the dust settles. There’s little hope for him until he accepts that he has a problem.

  18. He should be suspended for a year. It seriously cracks me up that there are morons out there who believe everyone that gets into trouble turns into murderers… I have seen “The next Aaron Hernandez” on far too many articles to even count. Get a grip already.

  19. Killing someone is killing someone. Drunk driving and killing someone is still killing someone. Now, you don’t persoanaly have to take people dying in alcohol-related deaths seriously, but most of us do. A killer is a killer, and the leniency they experience empowers and entitles them to continue their bad behavior until someone dies. Obviously, Aldon Smith has not been deterred so far. Tell me then, will it take him killing someone for you to see the problem?

  20. What a great franchise ruined by drunks, drug addicts, Bullies and Perverts.

    Authentic 49er fans don’t know what they when Uncle Eddie was Master. First class treatment for all fans even the opposing ones, first class treatment for the players at times.

    First class and the Golden Rule was applied when Uncle Eddie was Boss.

    Today’s San Francisco 49ers and their masquerading fans, couldn’t tell you all 5 of the Super Bowl wins and who they were against and what was the score and year they played, unless they had “Google: search engine in front of them, not only the players have ruined this franchise, but the charlatan front running fans have as well

    Uncle Eddie, Bill Walsh and Montana and Young along with Roger Craig and Tom Rathman deserved to play in this new venue, it’s just the wrong era, now the fakes and frauds and drunkards will get to destroy Levi’s Stadium.

    Get rid of John Harbaugh, because he does nothing but boast and brag and encourage it, Brian Billick and Mike Holmgren are mature and disciplined.

    Trade Tattoo Boy along with others who continue to ruin this franchise, maybe Cleveland will take them for the number 5 pick. Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater or Derek Carr may be available. Start from scratch. Billick or Holmgren will know what to do as they have won Super Bowls.

    They Cleveland Browns are desperate, Send Coach Harbaugh to the Brownies as well, as he can face his Brother twice a year.

    This is not the Raiders, this is the San Francisco 49ers born in 1946 at Kezar Stadium, and always showed class.

  21. For those commenting on Harbaugh, the NFL will no longer penalize coaches. Goodell realized what having Sean Payton out of the league did. The NFL makes more money when the Saints are high-flying with him at the helm. Heck, the NFL was perfectly okay with what an OL coach in Miami was doing, Jim Turner. The NFL did nothing to that guy or to Philbin who had “no idea what was going on with my team”. Any manager or executive in any business who says that on the heels of their entire organization crashing would be fired. Goodell won’t stand for holding these guys accountable. Considering his paltry fine that I am sure the Steelers covered for him, Mike Tomlin is probably regretting not having actually tackled that guy coming down the sideline. If he knew ahead of time that he couldn’t really get in trouble, why not? Tell me one coach who won’t come on the field and impede a play for $100,000 if it means a playoff win. That is the precedent that has been set.

  22. Niners defense is going to be terrible next season with no Bowman or Smith for at least half the season. No secondary. Not to mention Justin and Patrick aren’t getting any younger. Ouch. Go Hawks

  23. Anybody else in the airport who did this would most likely serve time in jail. Smith should be treated like anybody else.

  24. You can’t yell bomb at an airport for the same reason you can’t yell fire in a movie theater: Stampedes of people get people killed. You can’t yell bomb ANYWHERE these days. You’re damn straight he did something wrong.

  25. Anyone else find the hypocritical nature of the NFL disgusting. Smith, being a good player, will get all sorts of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th…chances when someone without this talent would get released.

    NFL to kids: You better be a good ball player if you want to screw around – otherwise you are out.

  26. I’m surprised this guy hasn’t been cut yet. It was a serious allegation. Can’t be doing stuff like this. In any other occupation, he may well have been terminated by now. And to employ a NCAA term, they ought to stick a “show cause” penalty on him.

    People getting arrested right and left who are affiliated with the NFL – the League has to be worried about this as it is extremely bad PR.

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