Now that 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has met with Commissioner Roger Goodell, the next step entails the dropping of the hammer. And for Smith, the so-called iron fist will hit a lot harder than it did with Ray Rice.
Via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the 49ers currently are bracing for Goodell to suspend Smith for six-to-eight games.
Unlike Ray, Smith has committed multiple violations of the personal-conduct policy and the substance abuse policy. Earlier this year, Smith pleaded no contest to weapons charges and DUI charges. In 2012, Smith resolved another DUI case with a guilty plea to reckless driving.
Smith also faced an allegation that he made a false report of a bomb threat in the security line at LAX. Despite multiple reports that no charges would be pursued, Smith recently traveled to Los Angeles for a hearing aimed at wrapping up that case. Typically, attendance at a hearing isn’t required if nothing will come of a potential criminal matter. And if anything came of the matter, it’s another incident by Smith under the personal-conduct policy.
The personal-conduct policy is aimed at dispensing extra punishment to repeat offenders. Once Goodell issues a ruling, Smith will have the ability to appeal the outcome back to Goodell.