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Baalke on Aldon Smith: You don’t just open a door and toss people out of it


Last week, we reported that the 49ers were not going to release linebacker Aldon Smith as a result of his latest brush with the law and that the team had not decided whether or not to pick up the option on his contract for the 2015 season.

On Friday, General Manager Trent Baalke said pretty much the same thing. Baalke said that the organization is disappointed in Smith, but that disappointment isn’t going to lead the team to part ways with him.

“We’re a family. You don’t just open a door and toss people out of it,” Baalke said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

Baalke also said that the team has yet to make a decision about whether or not they will be exercising the fifth-year option that is attached to Smith’s rookie contract, but said that he wants to have Smith on the roster in 2015 and beyond. Exercising the option would give Smith a salary of $9.754 million for the 2015 season, although it is guaranteed for injury only and doing so wouldn’t close the door on signing Smith to a long-term deal instead.

The 49ers have until May 3 to make a decision on the 2015 option.

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116 Responses to “Baalke on Aldon Smith: You don’t just open a door and toss people out of it”
  1. jeffnfl says: Apr 25, 2014 3:16 PM

    That quote would seemingly indicate he did no wrong doing. Not a case of “throwing him out the door” unwarranted.

    A lot of issues, he needs to want to help himself.

  2. jeffnfl says: Apr 25, 2014 3:17 PM

    Baalke also knows better than letting him walk for nothing. Since his NFCW opponents would be the first in line to sign him.

  3. thenoblebard93 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:18 PM

    Realistically, he’s to good a player with to much potential to just throw away. In no way am I endorsing his behavior, but the NFL ultimately values skill over morality, and that is one thing Aldon has plenty of.

  4. douglasgreenbriar says: Apr 25, 2014 3:19 PM

    When they cut old vets whose play is slipping every GM talks about how “its a business” but when a young star like Aldon Smith does everything wrong but plays well all you hear is “its a family”

  5. juliusanonymous says: Apr 25, 2014 3:19 PM

    If this upcoming draft turns out as poorly as Baalke’s previous, he might find himself being the one thrown out the door. And soon.

  6. jcbadger34 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:19 PM

    Yeah, it’s not like the 49ers release players all the time for all sorts of reasons! They’re all family members! That would mean they toss family members out the door all the time!

    Good lord, the GM is as full of it as the coach.

  7. tjacks7 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:19 PM

    But you do when they’re not all stars? Color me confused.

  8. seabrawk12 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:20 PM

    You don’t just say “bomb” at an airport either.

  9. kylexitron says: Apr 25, 2014 3:20 PM

    You’re right Ballke. In some cases you lock them up, and throw away the key. Or detain them in an airport back room under guard. Or stow them away in the drunk tank for 24 hours.

    See how easy it is to play this game?

  10. octom says: Apr 25, 2014 3:21 PM

    Should play in Philadelphia.

  11. akboot says: Apr 25, 2014 3:22 PM

    Wonder if there is anything one can do to get fired from that team. Guess Sharper, Hernandez, Carruth, etc. all the scum, still have a chance with the 49ers. Pathetic.

  12. bucrightoff says: Apr 25, 2014 3:23 PM

    But if he was a crappy second stringer you’d better believe he would have been cut 3 times over by now.

  13. wipackman1265 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:24 PM

    If this dude wast a football player he’d be charged with a felony and getting a big heapin of water boarding….. Love the compassion for those who can help you get what you want …if he was some homeless dude you beg for him to be in prison…..freakin hypocrites

  14. chargerdillon says: Apr 25, 2014 3:24 PM

    Unless their name is Alex Smith.

  15. bubba9er says: Apr 25, 2014 3:24 PM

    I am wondering how much more it is going to take for this kid to figure it out. The world is your oyster, Aldon. Please don’t throw it away like so many others have.

  16. poweri26 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:25 PM

    Apparently Trent Baalke has never worked for Daniel Snyder.

  17. JSpicoli says: Apr 25, 2014 3:25 PM

    What a hero, keeping his best player.

  18. mack2x says: Apr 25, 2014 3:25 PM

    unless he was a no name special teamer. Then they’d tell him not to let that door hit him in the ass on the way out.

  19. discountdoublecheck says: Apr 25, 2014 3:26 PM

    They left out the most important part of the quote from the end…

    …”when they are good for 15-20 sacks per season!”

  20. seahawkboymike says: Apr 25, 2014 3:26 PM

    The guy has 42 sacks starting next to Justin Smith, the best defensive holder in the NFL, and zero when Smith doesn’t start. I’d say he’ll be there until Smith is gone, and then they’ll throw him out the door.

  21. kd75 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:28 PM

    You also don’t say “bomb” in an airport…

  22. dickshotdogs says: Apr 25, 2014 3:29 PM

    Yes, you do.

  23. bobothegreatest says: Apr 25, 2014 3:33 PM

    If you are a family, wouldn’t you keep him in the fold and pick up the option for the next year?

    You cant have it both ways. You dont get rid of family, unless you trade Joe Montanna to K.C.


  24. dstep24 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:37 PM

    True, Trent. But what if they’re running for the door, beating on it, trying to get out? What do you do then?

  25. kingpel says: Apr 25, 2014 3:37 PM

    Unfortunately the respect he is showing Aldon Smith never will be returned.

  26. snoqualmkanem says: Apr 25, 2014 3:38 PM

    If given their way, the Niners would keep on letting him play football.

    Legal system and the NFL may take the decision out of their hands.

  27. sweetnlow44 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:38 PM

    Good work, Baalke. Keep enabling, it’s working out great for Aldon.

  28. sodakdh says: Apr 25, 2014 3:43 PM

    Only when they’re talented right?

  29. 44boz says: Apr 25, 2014 3:44 PM

    It is not going to matter, because the Feds are going to put him in jail before training camp even starts.

  30. screenpass says: Apr 25, 2014 3:46 PM

    Baalke needs to get his facts straight, Aldon Smith hasn’t been charged with “opening a door and tossing somebody out of it” yet.

  31. bennyb82 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:48 PM

    I guess that means Alex Smith was an in-law or 2nd cousin?

  32. wcman says: Apr 25, 2014 3:50 PM

    This is not a 49er trait; it’s an NFL norm, or even a Professional sports norm. No team in this league will dump a player of this magnitude unless they have a great option behind him or he goes to prison. It’s funny to see fans of other teams and Media contradict themselves dumping on the Niners when every team in this league acts the exact same way.

  33. badmude says: Apr 25, 2014 3:51 PM

    Should just send a message to the fool and let him rot on the bench for the year, not letting him play one snap, sit there as a disgrace in front of all his team and fans.

  34. joey49er says: Apr 25, 2014 3:51 PM

    KEEP on hating….. goooooo 49ers
    Aldon is the best pass rusher in the nfl period!!!

  35. jetny says: Apr 25, 2014 3:53 PM

    You don’t just open a door and toss people out of it (when they are that good at their position)

  36. isphet71 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:54 PM

    What if you just open the door and they go running out of it, screaming?

  37. killitandeatit says: Apr 25, 2014 3:54 PM

    If Aldon is tossed out the door he wouldn’t hit the ground. There are 31 other salivating teams,and their fans, who would catch him and announce a “fresh start has begun” .

  38. thegonz13 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:55 PM

    I’m OK with what Baalke said. But what if a guy is actually dumb enough to open the door and more than willing to run through it?

    That and to reiterate what a few posters previously said, I don’t care how drunk or high you are, you don’t say “bomb” in an airport… or any other public place!

  39. paythevig says: Apr 25, 2014 3:56 PM

    Yes this is not the first you’ll hear about stars getting preferred treatment – nor will it be the last; as is the case in the rest of society, companies and schools across the world.

    At the end of the day, people are people – and more often than not; its the poeople who put celebs on pedistals as role models for their children who will be let down when their unrealistic expectations aren’t met.

    I understand the posts here, and as a niner fan i want this guy on the team, productive and ready to play. in a perfect world, it would be wonderful if he was a great humanitarian, spreading peace and joy across the globe.

    But in the real world, all i care about is how he performs on the field. He’s an outstanding OLB on my favorite team; he’s not my financial advisor, he’s not my preacher or president or CEO. I don’t care what he does; and if he was on one of your teams, i think from a football perspective, you’d feel the same way. Let’s not lose sight of what this is all about: Winning Football games. Whoever can make the team better, come aboard. And if you care about winning, i think you’d agree. Again, perspective here – he’s a football player. Not the Pope.

  40. greenbleeder says: Apr 25, 2014 3:58 PM

    Chip says you can.

  41. lanman11 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:58 PM

    The Patriots are a family too, and they not only opened the door and tossed Aaron Hernandez out of it, the family van was pulling 80 down the freeway when they did it.

  42. ourempirestrikesback says: Apr 25, 2014 4:00 PM

    If Culliver is still on the 49ers roster there’s no way Aldon Smith won’t be. Smith is probably going to be suspended for a while. Hopefully, he’s gone for at least half the season but I think he deserves a year long ban.

    Harbaugh has always been a clown, so his “above reproach” comments backfiring on him doesn’t make him look that much worse than he always looks anyways.

  43. mnnightowl says: Apr 25, 2014 4:02 PM

    Technically, it’s perfectly fine to toss marginal family members out the door though, right Baalke?

  44. toybkshr says: Apr 25, 2014 4:03 PM

    If he were on the boottom 1/3 of the roster he’d a been thrown out the door!

  45. stellarperformance says: Apr 25, 2014 4:05 PM

    Actually, you do open doors and toss idiots out for being idiots……unless money is more important.

  46. badmude says: Apr 25, 2014 4:06 PM

    2/20/13: Al Netter is arrested for DUI.
    9/13/13 Aldon smith arrested for DUI.
    10/29/13 Aldon Smith turns himself in on felony weapons charges.
    1/26/14 Daniel Kilgore is arrested for public intoxication.
    3/28/14 Chris Culliver is charged with felony hit and run, misdemeanor reckless driving, and felony possession of brass knuckles.
    4/13/14: Aldon Smith is arrested for claiming he had a bomb at airport security.
    Not to mention the “pending case” with Kaeplisberger, and Quinton Patton alleged Sexual assault/ pot smoking incident.
    Great “Family” you’re building Baalke.

  47. seaeagle707 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:10 PM

    Don’t point the finger of shame at Baalke, or the Niners. There isn’t an angelic crew on ANY team in the NFL, or any other professional sport, for that matter.

    Well, except Curling, maybe.

  48. angrygreenbird says: Apr 25, 2014 4:12 PM

    Why not, they do in Philly for a lot less.

  49. v2787 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:19 PM

    “We’re a family. You don’t just open a door and toss people out of it,” says Baalke. You don’t say? Actually, that’s precisely what happens in the NFL all the time. Once a player loses a step or gets on the wrong side of 30 or has a contract that’s a little too expensive, it’s amazing how quickly the family can decide to open that door and toss one of its members out of it. It happens on regular basis. The only reason the Niners are even considering keeping Aldon Smith is because he’s freakishly talented. If Smith were a marginal player, he’d have already been kicked out of the family without a second thought. All this talk about being a “family” is good PR, maybe, but it doesn’t mean squat when it comes to making personnel decisions. It’s a cold blooded business, and “family” has nothing to do with it. Don’t be disingenuous.

  50. snoqualmkanem says: Apr 25, 2014 4:19 PM

    To clarify what I said earlier, I don’t believe the niners will do anything on their own. Aldon went into rehab before the NFL enforced it last season.
    To me that is enabling and is not the best solution for Aldon.
    Again I don’t expect the niners will suspend him on their own. It will be him going to jail or the NFL stepping in and suspending him.
    Great numbers, I don’t think he would have anywhere near those numbers without Justin Smith.

  51. footballschoolnot says: Apr 25, 2014 4:21 PM

    It would be nice if Baalke would identify the family members on the roster. That way the doorman know who to open the for.

  52. dmq13 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:24 PM

    Tell that to the Eagles lol

  53. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:28 PM

    i read the headline and thought that aldon smith threw somebody out of a car or something. and didn’t doubt it.

  54. saint970 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:29 PM

    If he was ALEX Smith, he would be…. wait, he’s already gone.

  55. kaepknows says: Apr 25, 2014 4:37 PM

    Why are people comparing Aldo smith incident to murder? Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murder……Rae Carruth charged with murder…….Aldon Smith…..charged with nothing new at the moment. So why all the new hate?

  56. vicnocal says: Apr 25, 2014 4:38 PM

    Not when they can get 15 sacks a year.

  57. scrotiemcb says: Apr 25, 2014 4:41 PM

    Hoorah for Baalke.

    What I did in my early 20’s wasn’t necessarily a reflection of who I was or who I would become. Much of it was a reflection of me being still in many ways a kid. I can’t imagine how much millions of dollars would have complicated things. Professional athletes are no different.

  58. dg0122 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:41 PM

    unless he’s a backup guard or something expendable like that

  59. longsufferingkcfan says: Apr 25, 2014 4:46 PM

    Aldon Smith is a degenerate
    Basic decency he does not venerate
    He can get lots of sacks
    On quarterbacks
    But prison would his morals regenerate

  60. weepingjebus says: Apr 25, 2014 4:48 PM

    Entirely possible that Alex Smith is the luckiest man in the NFL.

  61. southpaw79 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:48 PM

    Seahawks fan: Aldon Smith should be dropped for a DUI, illegally owning weapons he bought legally in Arizona, and TSA incident ( with no charges). Niners are Evil

    Seahawks fan: GO Marshawn Lynch!
    2008 hit a lady with his Porsche and just sped away.
    2009 pleaded guilty to weapons charges for driving around with a pistol concealed in his backpack.
    2012 DUI

  62. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 25, 2014 4:51 PM

    You don’t just throw people out the door, you yell out “Bomb!” and they rush out on their own.

  63. farmmbig says: Apr 25, 2014 4:52 PM

    (If they are great Football players)

    If not, they can be shown the door anytime.

  64. iamdinguskhan says: Apr 25, 2014 4:55 PM

    He don’t have to throw him out the door the police are going to drag him out or the NFL is going to shut the door.

  65. paulitik74 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:59 PM

    Tell that to the hundreds of NFL prospects, rookies, and veterans cut every year.

  66. spliff219 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:09 PM

    sure you do. The only difference is this kid has talent

  67. snoqualmkanem says: Apr 25, 2014 5:18 PM

    A little info on Marshawn so you can stop libelling him.

    The “hit and run” was a misdemeanor that was settled for 100 dollars. Basically the cost of the stitches because Marshawn was not even aware that he hit her.
    The Gun charge was a misdemeanor settled for community service.
    The DUI he was charged with a reckless driving and was settled for attending driving classes and probation.
    Of those charges, he was a Buffalo Bill for the first part.

    So a hardened criminal he is not.

    Care to compare that with everything that Aldon Smith has done?

    Aldon Smith will have his trial for the gun charges and DUIs next week on the 29th.

  68. drsummeroff says: Apr 25, 2014 5:23 PM

    Baalke on Aldon Smith: You don’t just open a door and toss people out of it

    Well not unless your a low round pick or UDFA…then they’d toss you out that door for picking your nose.

  69. Dogsweat says: Apr 25, 2014 5:35 PM

    TB ” I am afraid of him!”

  70. imnotyourbuddyguy says: Apr 25, 2014 5:35 PM

    What a load
    “We’re a family”

    Yet you make business decisions every year and cut those family members when they don’t perform up to their contract

  71. sandersmarcus10 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:43 PM

    Need to start fixing the back end of the D, they score with any team but they cant stop anyone pick a CB

  72. sandersmarcus10 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:44 PM

    Aldon Smith will be ok

  73. trollhammer20 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:47 PM

    The organization that basically abused Brandon Jacobs is now saying they don’t treat people a certain way?

    I see what’s up here. This is the one truly great pick of the Baalke era (Kaep was probably Harbaugh’s choice all the way). Remove Smith from the equation, and suddenly Baalke’s acumen as a GM comes into very serious question.

    The good news is, he’s still a talented player. The bad news is, you still can’t fix stupid.

  74. dawnpatrol111 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:49 PM

    Definitely no AJ Smith around this office….

  75. chiadam says: Apr 25, 2014 5:58 PM

    Well, unless they’re not good at football. You can toss those people.

  76. jacqvoncc says: Apr 25, 2014 6:21 PM

    Niners fans conveniently neglect to mention Lynch’s weapons and hit and run charges happened while he was NOT a Seahawk. But should we really expect anything less from a fanbase that can’t stop bringing up ancient history ie: their 5 rings from 20+ years ago?!

  77. mrbiggstuff says: Apr 25, 2014 6:21 PM

    Translation: I can’t risk getting rid of him and having him come back and screwing us over

  78. stoptrippn says: Apr 25, 2014 6:23 PM

    You just don’t open a door and toss someone out????? You liar and hypocrite. You did that to Taylor Mays

  79. kingokra says: Apr 25, 2014 6:24 PM

    When they are waving automatic weapons around, shooting at people, smashing their cars into innocent trees and “clowning” about bombs in a TSA line, yes, Trent, you do open the door and push them out.

  80. hrmlss says: Apr 25, 2014 6:26 PM

    I thought that was what doors were for?

  81. mmsierra says: Apr 25, 2014 6:30 PM

    Ummmm …

    I remember QB Ben Roethlisberger had a little controversey with a few women
    That was a lot worse than anything Aldon Smith did

    Did he get cut ?

    No, he was way too valuable for Pittsburgh to give up
    Happens all the time

  82. melikefootball says: Apr 25, 2014 6:30 PM

    Smith yells bomb in an airport and the 49’ers show little class with this statement. What would they do if he had actually had a bomb?

  83. mmsierra says: Apr 25, 2014 6:32 PM

    If teams cut all the players who broke the law……….

    the Seahawks would NOT be able to field a team !!!

  84. braceyourselffor12 says: Apr 25, 2014 6:32 PM

    Did a Seahack troll have the audacity to accuse the Niners of holding to generate sacks? The same hacks who DEPEND on holding and PI to generate the bloated reputation their overrated defense has?

  85. wgward says: Apr 25, 2014 6:38 PM

    No wonder the Niners have so many problems with the law…

  86. greeksensation says: Apr 25, 2014 6:50 PM

    You would if he wasn’t productive; I know that!

  87. goldrush36 says: Apr 25, 2014 6:56 PM

    Hernandez was only cut because he was arrested for MURDER. You are absolutely crazy to believe he would be cut under all of Aldon’s circumstances. Even by Bellichick. Not condoning Aldon’s behavior but you are comparing an apple to a watermelon…. And spare the “he coulda killed someone” speech becaue Aaron IS a serial killer.

  88. sb44champs says: Apr 25, 2014 6:59 PM

    Stay classy 9ers… Something tells me that if we werent talking about a probowl caliber player he’d be gone already..

  89. matt24bucs says: Apr 25, 2014 7:03 PM

    Obviously Mr. Balke has never had a job in the real world. At the first infraction, my company will escort you from the property and then mail you any belongings that you may have left behind. And this is a major utility company. You break the law- society or company- you are gone. No second, third, sixth, eighth chance like all these immature, coddled goofball get!

  90. jayniner says: Apr 25, 2014 7:03 PM

    Alex Smith was a different situation than Aldon. Alex was traded, not cut.

  91. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 25, 2014 7:10 PM

    You only give him the boot if he’s not a star pass rusher.
    If he’s piling up 15+ sacks per season, he’s family and gets about 19 second chances.

  92. brend0 says: Apr 25, 2014 7:13 PM

    “Above reproach”. Unless….

  93. axespray says: Apr 25, 2014 7:17 PM

    ….Unless it’s the coach that took your team to 3 straight conference games.

  94. sonoco says: Apr 25, 2014 7:19 PM

    If Aldon goes to trial his defense team will have fun with the County Sheriff having them explain the fun they had after inviting Aldon Smith to fire automatic weapons at the county gun range before giving him a ride in a Sheriff’s helicopter . . . all in the 15 month gap between the event and actual charges.

  95. mrjackson206 says: Apr 25, 2014 7:27 PM

    When you guys trash my Aldon Smith, make sure you address him as All Pro Aldon Smith prior to your pathetic diss.


  96. golfnutt67 says: Apr 25, 2014 7:49 PM

    Id love to see an example from all you “appalled” fans of any team cutting an all pro on his prime because of off the field issues.

    Lets face it no GM is getting rid of a young star in his prime unless he pulls an Arron Hernandez that’s just the way it is. The Niners org. Is no different than any of the others. Hate all you want he’s ours and your not getting him. I bet they pick up the 5th year option at the very last minute and hope no one notices 🙂

  97. crewchief15 says: Apr 25, 2014 7:52 PM

    What he’s saying is, if he’s a family member that has money, you don’t throw them out the door. Now if he’s poor it’s bye bye go stay at your friends house…

  98. ronfai says: Apr 25, 2014 7:52 PM

    I think him garnering additional attention because his skill is so obvious it’s not worth mentioning. It’s a fact of life though, an unfair aspect of life.
    If your good at what you do, you’ll be provided more opportunities, in all walks and avenues of life, period.

  99. bigsowce says: Apr 25, 2014 8:06 PM

    We support criminals – Trent Baalke

  100. tictoccpthook says: Apr 25, 2014 8:07 PM

    Send him to Baltimore, where the jailhouse gang can weep on one another’s shoulder.

  101. jedyknyt says: Apr 25, 2014 8:13 PM

    Gee this is a shocker to hear. Back in the day they cheated the cap space to pay players under the table to SBs and now they won’t release a player that gets away with a felony bomb threat at an airport??? Sounds fishy if you ask me!!!

  102. jedyknyt says: Apr 25, 2014 8:17 PM

    Winning cures ANY & ALL off the field issues…Sincerely Steve Howe and the 1980/81 Dodgers

  103. vetelmo says: Apr 25, 2014 8:27 PM

    Hey Tim Kawakami! What happened to the niners kicking him off the team???

  104. mrlaloosh says: Apr 25, 2014 8:35 PM


  105. smithdp says: Apr 25, 2014 9:10 PM

    Especially when they average a sack a game. Last years treatment episode was a joke. They knew they would have him back for the playoffs. And they got to look like they were being sensitive to the players needs as well.

  106. silverandblack052099 says: Apr 25, 2014 9:11 PM

    If he was like the 5th linebacker or 5th WR he would have already been released.

  107. bassplucker says: Apr 25, 2014 9:15 PM

    Harbaugh pulls the strings in that organization, not Baalke. If Harbaugh wants Aldon to stay — which he does — then Aldon stays. Simple as that.

  108. clintblairjr says: Apr 25, 2014 9:42 PM

    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!

  109. bert1913 says: Apr 25, 2014 9:58 PM

    Let’s see how baalke treats gore after gore loses a step

  110. geniusesq says: Apr 25, 2014 10:42 PM


    “You don’t just open a door and throw Pro-Bowlers out of it.”

    Unless you’re Chip Kelly.

  111. peopletrains says: Apr 25, 2014 11:42 PM


  112. campcouch says: Apr 25, 2014 11:50 PM

    the guy is a dummy,but I wouldn’t compare him to a murderer and a serial rapist. that’s a whole different level of evil.

  113. joetoronto says: Apr 26, 2014 4:32 AM

    “We’re a family. You don’t just open a door and toss people out of it, if they’re a good player” Baalke said

  114. higheriqthanyou says: Apr 26, 2014 10:30 AM

    If they tossed everyone in trouble they couldn’t field a team.

  115. dcsportsrcursed says: Apr 27, 2014 11:08 AM

    If Smith was a 3rd stringer or practice squad guy would he say the same thing? Me thinks not. What a load of crap.

  116. tmnsi1957 says: Apr 28, 2014 1:01 AM

    the last time a seahawk was arrested????.the last time a 9er was arrested?????. STOP IT. Quit the comparisons..Live with your team and ALL from coach to gm,players and get used of the circus

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