Aldon Smith hit with nine-game suspension

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The NFL made a statement yesterday against domestic violence, and today’s is about repeat offenders.

The NFL announced that 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith was suspended for nine games for violating the NFL’s policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.

Smith will be eligible to return on Nov. 10, but that means the team will play half the season or more without two of their best defensive players. Linebacker NaVorro Bowman is coming back from a knee injury in the playoffs, and isn’t expected back until mid-season.

Smith has been one of the league’s best pass-rushers in recent years, with 42.0 sacks in 43 games.

But he’s also been a persistent off-field headache, with a DUI from last September leading to a stint in rehab. The league said they’d take his voluntary leave into consideration when deciding penalties, but they’re not in a lenient mode at the moment after admitting they screwed up the Ray Rice penalty.

124 responses to “Aldon Smith hit with nine-game suspension

  1. 2 games if you knock a woman out. A year suspension for marijuana. And 9 games for substance abuse. These suspensions are as consistent as a Christian Ponder 20 yard pass.

  2. Welcome to the worst 60 minutes on TV…

    with the horrid Jemele Hill im the far below average Michael Smith..

  3. I’m definitely surprised by this. I guess Goodell wants to act like he means business after the Ray Rice fiasco. Oh well hopefully this will finally be a wake up call for Aldon.

  4. Guess Goodell is trying to make up for his mistake with Ray Rice and taking it out on Aldon. Those other 5 games were meant for Ray Rice but we’ll just take it onto Aldon to make ourselves feel better for screwing up the Rice punishment. Goodell is a joke.

  5. Wow. More than I expected. But I’m sure with appeals, etc. he will be available for at least the first few games… certainly for the Week 2 Sunday night tilt against the Bears.

  6. He be back in time for the Seahawks, with a couple of weeks to spare to get back up to football speed first.

    But it does give the Rams a bit more of a chance against the niners, since both games happen during his suspension.

  7. So basically anyone getting suspended now gets hammered based on Goodell screwing up the Ray Rice situation.

  8. Next time knock out your girlfriend Aldon. What were you thinking? Roger gave you the 8 you deserved and threw in one more to make up for his mea culpa with Rice.

  9. But beat up your wife/fiance/girlfriend unconscious and you get a 2 game suspension.

    Way to go Roger, you’re batting a thousand pal…

  10. Why the hell should the mood of an embarrassed commissioner have anything to do with a punishment handed out to a player? Also, it’s no coincidence that all these suspensions that could have been announced weeks ago are being announced now, so any appeal would have to take place during the season, would end up being delayed and would only screw the players and teams close to/making the playoffs.

    The message the commissioner sent out with the new policies is clear, if you screw up take no responsibility for anything, since even if you do he’s going to throw the book at you, particularly if he’s in a pissy mood for being called out for screwing up (again). Players should learn from this and delay legally everyday they can.

    Oh, and don’t bother going to rehab, since I doubt the 5 games that were missed counted at all, unless the initial suspension was the unlikely amount of 14-16 games.

  11. Seriously. If the deserved public opinion blowback from the Rice debacle hadn’t happened, this would have been a 4-6 week suspension. Feel like a big important man now Goddell? Can’t wait for the slap on the wrist for Irsay

  12. for all the haters calling for our demise I would like to introduce you to Tank Carradine he will do just fine filling in for Mr. Smith who will be hungry and pissed just in time for the stretch run. Sorry Hawks troll you wont miss him hahahah

  13. So Aldon gets 9 games for an extreme DUI (passed out with car accelerating into a tree), illegal guns and other related issues, threatened TSA employees, etc….and Josh Gordon gets 16 games for second-hand smoke, even though one of his samples was below the limit. He’s only in Stage 3 because of a failed test in college (or else he’d be in Stage 2) and a prescription from a board-certified doctor for codeine.

    Now the NFL is working with the NFLPA to raise the acceptable standards….not that it will help Josh out.

    Get a clue Roger! Do the right thing and STOP PUNISHING JOSH .

    #FREEJOSHGORDON

  14. Now that Kap won’t have that strong defense to carry the team, it’s going to be interesting to see if he folds under pressure … like he does in clutch moments of the postseason.

  15. Way to try and save face for the Ray Rice blunder Commish! What an absolute joke. Impeach Goddell!

  16. Hey as long as hes there for seattles game ! that truly all I care about! lol……But he does deserve it…..He did the crime he can sit with the time ….no excuseses here….

  17. Seldom is the day that I agree with 49ers posters, but it is pretty much impossible not to believe that Roger “Mr. Inconsistent” Goodell is making up for leniency with BamBam Ray Ray by putting the screws to Drunk Aldon. So … one year for weed … 9 games for drunken debauchery … and 2 games for KOing your fiance. Very logical.

  18. ‘goldbloodedpodcast says: Aug 29, 2014 4:24 PM

    Went 5-0 without him last year. He will be dearly missed though’

    Goldblooded,

    9 games w/o your best pass rusher is a killer for any team. You guys already lost Bowman for at least two months & Dorsey is a long shot to return this year.

    Bottom line–Kaepernick & the Offense has to be awesome this year or you guys will be in trouble.

  19. Can someone remind me what happened to that drunk Jim Isray? Anything? This suspension is 3 games too many.

  20. Awesome week for my Hawks continue – Bradford goes down, Cards are overrated and Santa Clara’s season is done already! Add to that how sad the Saints and Packers are against us and the NFC is already ours!! No one is beating us!!

    Santa Clara needs to take some pointers from a class franchise like my Hawks!

    GO HAWKS!!

  21. Santa Clara tried to shuffle him off to rehab last year so they would lessen the suspension this year. Gun charges, DUI “running into a tree and possessing weed and pills” Claiming to have a bomb at LAX.

    This suspension should of been sixteen instead of nine games. Santa Clara fans better hope he stays out of trouble. He’s got a lot of idle time now.

  22. Mr gantt
    I think you need to list all the issues, All the issues All Done has violated with the personal conduct and just legal issues. The Santa Clara whiner fans have their head buried in the sand or really dont follow their team as they claim if they keep comparing this to Ray Rice. Please update your article to include the stabbing, the guns, the parties, DUI’s, crashing, pills, weed, etc etc. these new whiner fans are clueless

  23. ghost26 says: Aug 29, 2014 4:34 PM

    ‘goldbloodedpodcast says: Aug 29, 2014 4:24 PM

    Went 5-0 without him last year. He will be dearly missed though’

    Goldblooded,

    9 games w/o your best pass rusher is a killer for any team. You guys already lost Bowman for at least two months & Dorsey is a long shot to return this year.

    Bottom line–Kaepernick & the Offense has to be awesome this year or you guys will be in trouble.

    I agree with you ghoast26 Kap has to step it up for sure its on his shoulders this year

  24. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 29, 2014 4:37 PM

    Whiner fans whining about this. Not unexpected.

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    I know, its not like its Adderall or anything…

  25. Niners are the most likely team to implode this season. There first 7 games are all difficult (say what you want about Dallas, but Romo will light this secondary up). How will Kaep and Harbaugh handle adversity is the biggest question? I don’t think they can do enough to make the playoffs.

  26. ngbradley says:
    Aug 29, 2014 4:31 PM
    I think players have been suspended for less time for actually shooting at people…

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    Um you know he did do that, right?

  27. who could possibly have it better than us?

    ROFLMAO….

    In seriousness though… I hope these guys get themselves straight. As much as I hate the Whiners, Aldon and Josh Gordon too, are too good of players to be throwing away their talent.

  28. I can’t wait to see what Jim Irsay gets. Aldon Smith deserved to be punished but 9 games is too much. They really need to take this process out of Goodell’s hands. It’s out of control and his decision making in this aspect of his job appears to be subpar at best

  29. Lesson learned: don’t go take time off to get your mind right after you make a mistake and have too much to drink, because the commish DOES NOT CARE

  30. The heavy hand is deserved for this repeat offender. I mean look into all this guy’s incidents and criminal offenses in the last few years. Only reason he isn’t in jail is he has the money for great legal defense.

    3 games longer than I thought, but message sent.

  31. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Aug 29, 2014 4:44 PM

    ngbradley says:
    Aug 29, 2014 4:31 PM
    I think players have been suspended for less time for actually shooting at people…

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    Um you know he did do that, right?

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    Um, NO! He was SHOT AT. In his own home. and stabbed in the leg.

    He told the cops he had guns locked up in the closet when he showed up.

    you know nothing

  32. The slow start killed the 49ers last year and it is looking like they are in for another slow start this year with the offense looking bad and the defense missing key parts. They probably will be a killer force by the end of the year but it may be too late to get homefield advantage or win the division outright

  33. Here’s what I don’t understand. Goodell explicitly stated that he would take into account the 5 games Smith missed last year while voluntarily entering rehab. Either the credit for that was so minor as to be negligible (5 voluntary missed games=1 suspended game or so) or this supposedly would have been a 12-14 game suspension?
    I’m not defending Smith’s actions, but shouldn’t part of the point of punishment be to encourage others to do better in similar circumstances?
    Goodell has basically said “Don’t bother with rehab until I suspend you”. How is good for either the player or the league?

  34. Seriously, who’s gonna beat the Hawks in the NFC?! The conference has become a joke overnight! New Orleans or Green Bay?! Not even in the same galaxy – looking forward to the 12s throwing popcorn on Rodgers thursday night like we did Bowman!

    GO HAWKS!!

  35. If the parents of some of these athletes had controlled them when they were younger instead of catered to them because of the potential money they might have as a pro athlete might have curtailed future problems.

  36. Without the Ray Rice Fiasco, this would be a six-game ban. Aldon is the one paying the price. But he made his own bed by being dumb and immature, so this is what happens when you are left at the mercy of a discipline formula that is skewed by fan and media reaction. You could tell the NFL lifestyle was a little too much for him. Now hopefully he learns and will be better for it. We have options. Skuta/Lemonier are legit and Lynch could be awesome. The big factor: this is the best defensive coaching staff in the NFL. They’ll make it work and have known this suspension would be a lengthy one for some time. They’ll be prepared. Those who think the Niners will fall down big time will be disappointed. This season is more about Kap. He has to show he’s ready to take the next step. The games they lost last year were more about his mistakes than anything – even with a full season with Bowman. They didn’t miss Aldon when he was out last year (5-0 record).

  37. mkelly534 says: Aug 29, 2014 4:48 PM

    The slow start killed the 49ers last year and it is looking like they are in for another slow start this year with the offense looking bad and the defense missing key parts. They probably will be a killer force by the end of the year but it may be too late to get homefield advantage or win the division outright

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    They started 6-2, some slow start indeed.

    They would have won the division if it weren’t for the “phantom loss” against New Orleans.

  38. Strange:

    Goodell also said the Saints could potentially earn back their 2nd round pick if they adhered to his mandates. After they did he just said punishment stands.

  39. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 29, 2014 4:37 PM

    Whiner fans whining about this. Not unexpected.

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    I know, its not like its Adderall or anything…
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    Excellent point.

  40. Roger is setting an example for the league in 3,2,1…..but that whole Ray Rice using his wifes face to tenderize his knuckles, don’t worry we got it right this time.

    You’re a joke of a leader. Aldon deserved to get suspended but not for 9 games. Why would Goodell care about what we think or Society.

    He gets paid 28 mil a year and we’re going to watch football and push money into the machine that is the NFL. Doesn’t matter the hypocrisy, we will not stop watching football. It’s just a shame that Corporate America, Banks and the NFL has only one thing that matters….MONEY.

    They’ll say it’s about the people/customer, that’s just a smoke screen to make us feel like everything is normal.

    #asteamingpillofsh*tcalledgoodell

  41. Um, NO! He was SHOT AT. In his own home. and stabbed in the leg.

    He told the cops he had guns locked up in the closet when he showed up.

    you know nothing
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    Actually he fired gun shots into the air… stupid act, people have died from the bullet re-entry.

    The assault weapons were not locked up.

    Another act of stupidity when he invites unknown guests into his house for an internet party.

  42. Um, NO! He was SHOT AT. In his own home. and stabbed in the leg.

    He told the cops he had guns locked up in the closet when he showed up.

    you know nothing
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    He hosted a party at his house, charged cover and shot his “guns”off in the air to break up the party….and boy the caps are mezmerizing…..

    Santa Clara fans…they’re funny.

    Go Hawks!

  43. Idle time for that clown is going to be brutal. No way he doesn’t screw up between now and week 10 of the season….

  44. They were unbeaten while Aldon was out last year. For those who think the sky just fell.

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    How were they when leading tackler Navorro Bowman was out with an ACL injury?

  45. he deserves plus hes not as great without Justin Smith as I recall when Justin was out injured he didn’t have one sack anyways 2nd dui 3 felony charges later dropped to misdemeanor fake bomb in an airport suspension justified.

  46. And aldon and the 49ers knew about this for weeks…..aldon has done appealed and lost….
    Goooooooooo 9ers…..
    seattle crybabies…….1 yr wonders.lol

  47. Thought nothing could top 12s’ jubilation after sam bust-ford going down – but this just has! NFC is weak – repeat for my Hawks!

    GO HAWKS!!

  48. These niner fans are grasping at straws. They assume that the niners will be in it by the time they play the seahawks and that’s gonna set them up when aldon returns. By then the division will be outta reach and the niners will be playing for a high draft pick for next year. Their defense is mediocre and their offense is a disaster with Kap running the show. One thing they are good at is excuses and theyre gonna need them.

  49. I don’t mind the length of the suspension as much as I mind the lack of consistency. Roger Goodell is not a judge. He’s not qualified to be passing judgment on anyone else’s legal problems.

    If anyone posting here got some suspended sentence for something completely unrelated to work, their employer would remember that courts exist to handle such matters.

    But not the NFL. There, if a player gets into off-field trouble, they not only have to worry about legal punishment but also about the whims of Roger Goodell, which seem to be based on whoever is criticizing him most loudly at the moment.

  50. Two wrongs don’t make a right…if RG took into consideration the leave of absence from last year, he’s saying it’s a 14 game infraction?

    I know the pendulum always swings back too far in compensation for a screwup, but get real.

    If the punishment is 4 for substance, 5 for conduct unbecoming, then let the fine stand (since his leave was paid by team) but give him credit for the time missed and have him sit out the first 5 games.

  51. misterseahawk says:
    Aug 29, 2014 5:20 PM
    Thought nothing could top 12s’ jubilation after sam bust-ford going down – but this just has! NFC is weak – repeat for my Hawks!

    GO HAWKS!!
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    Niner or Viking troll.

  52. Huge Niner Fan.

    Aldon did the crime(s); now he does the time.
    I hope more for him as a person than a football player; he is in the substance abuse program for a reason. He can become a “Chris Carter” or a “Ryan Leaf”.
    I’m wishing him the best. All of the enablers making excuses; are in denial. He knew the rules; he broke the rules, he pays the price.

  53. Per ESPN, Aldon gets to stay with the team during his suspension while Josh Gordon does not.

    I’d love to hear Roger’s reasoning for that one.

    #FREEJOSHGORDON

  54. I am also a huge Niners fan!!!

    I think Aldon got off light. He should have received a year off. I don’t believe players or celebrities should get special treatment. He broke the law and now he should pay the price for it.

  55. seahawkfanfrom1970s says:

    misterseahawk says:
    Aug 29, 2014 5:20 PM
    Thought nothing could top 12s’ jubilation after sam bust-ford going down – but this just has! NFC is weak – repeat for my Hawks!

    GO HAWKS!!
    ***************************
    Niner or Viking troll.
    ***************************

    Wrong. Just a long time suffering Hawks fan finally enjoying their time in the sun.

  56. peytons5head says:
    Aug 29, 2014 5:13 PM
    In the meantime the Seattle shehawks are still trying to figure who to blame for the lopsided loss to the mighty Oakland raiders
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    Uh, the score was 41-31. If that’s lopsided, what does that make 43-8?

  57. i think it’ll come down to 6 on appeal. Cant condone what he did. hes an idiot, but dont see how this warrants 9 and rice gets 2. i think goodell issued 9 games thinking it would get reduced later anyway. jmo.

  58. “In the meantime the Seattle shehawks are still trying to figure who to blame for the lopsided loss to the mighty Oakland raiders”…..

    I wouldn’t exactly say a 10 point loss with 2nd, 3rd and 4th stringers would be considered lopsided. It’s not like they lost 34-0 in their first game ever at their brand new stadium or something.

  59. I hope he gets his life turned around. Fantastic player just can’t stay out of trouble. I hope the Whiners set up something to help him through these next nine games.

  60. Goodhell and his stage of clowns are and embarrassment to professional football. 9 games and how was that arrived at. Probably based on loosing a sack per game. Rice gets 2 games, badsmell then comes out with a “tough new policy” on domestic violence to save, if you could call that a face. Joke ND an idiot.

  61. Wow nine games that is outrageous ray rice only got two games gordon got a year none of these suspensions make any sense goodell should step down

  62. misterseahawk says:
    Aug 29, 2014 4:37 PM
    Awesome week for my Hawks continue – Bradford goes down…
    …Santa Clara needs to take some pointers from a class franchise like my Hawks!
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    Class huh? Cheering for a guy getting injured, yeah that’s class.

  63. Hey misterseahawk, you’re an embarrassment to us Seahawk fans. That you would consider an injury or suspension to a player as a plus is nauseating. How about we just cheer on our team, remembering that they are legitimately good now and don’t need to hope they play teams that aren’t at full strength!! I’m glad Bowman and Smith will be back in time for our games because I want to see year to year if the Seahawks are the best in the division and if they aren’t, so be it!!

  64. Hey as long as hes there for seattles game ! that truly all I care about! lol……But he does deserve it…..He did the crime he can sit with the time ….no excuseses here

    First, you know you’re the “little brother” when you care more about beating big brother than the playoffs or Superbowl.

    But I told you Aldon was going to get hammered in an attempt to make up for Rice. I guessed 8 games. It was 9. The only question was whether any of it would be suspended due to games mossed last year.

    Obviously not.

  65. Aldon has had way too many transgressions accused or alleged, people forget that gun shooting brandishing thing with Walker. Anyhow, i agree with the inconsistencies in punishment, but come on Mr Smith had it coming.

  66. misterseahawk says:
    Aug 29, 2014 5:43 PM
    seahawkfanfrom1970s says:

    misterseahawk says:
    Aug 29, 2014 5:20 PM
    Thought nothing could top 12s’ jubilation after sam bust-ford going down – but this just has! NFC is weak – repeat for my Hawks!

    GO HAWKS!!
    ***************************
    Niner or Viking troll.
    ***************************

    Wrong. Just a long time suffering Hawks fan finally enjoying their time in the sun.

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    Kinda tough enjoying the time in the sun when everyone knows how tainted your Lombardi is. You know with all the asterisks? Seasterisk PEDHawks.

    Anyway, yeah all you need to do is RE-PED.

  67. Im so sick of this idiot Baddell suspending players. Its absolutely absurd. If our legal system isnt punishing these players, why is the NFL. O thats right the NFL thinks they are above the law.

    This insanity needs to stop with the NFL. We want to see the best players play, not on suspension for something the legal system isnt punishing them for.

    Let the courts handle punishments. Im sick of Baddell deteriorating the product. Soon no one will be watching. I have 1.5 feet out the door.

    BOYCOTT THE NFL UNTIL BADDELL IS GONE!

  68. Feelin’ a bit uneasy right about now 9er’s?
    ==========
    Always! I hate ’em, but I respect ’em.

    And to the person who was so ecstatic about pouring popcorn on Bowman as he was being carted off the field and wanting to do the same to Aaron Rodgers, you’re just downright creepy! You were clearly born about 2,000 years too late. You obviously would’ve loved seeing gladiators slaughter each other for your amusement.

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