Aldon Smith still awaits a decision

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With nine days to go until the 49ers open the 2014 regular season, the franchise still hasn’t heard whether linebacker Aldon Smith will be available for Week One.

Smith met with Commissioner Roger Goodell more than three weeks ago, with no decision yet on the number of games he’ll miss for multiple violations of the personal-conduct and substance-abuse policies.

The NFL has developed a habit over the years of resolving suspensions based on offseason developments before the start of the next regular season.  For Smith, who’ll have appeal rights, it becomes more and more difficult to get everything resolved in the next nine days.

Either way, the clock is ticking.  Loudly.  If an initial decision doesn’t come today, Smith may end up being available to play on September 7 against the Cowboys.

55 responses to “Aldon Smith still awaits a decision

  1. Go to your room and think about it. I sewar these self entitled brats needed some parenting to learn some simple rules to follow in society. Dont have to like it but you got to live in our society. Otherwise theres prison.

  2. Release all pending suspensions in one press conference so the critics will have to pick which suspension to dissect. Go heavy on the owner (Irsay) so the focus will be on that instead of the domestic violence snafu..

  3. My guess is it will be four games with Goodell citing that he missed games last year while he was at rehab as the reason it’s not eight.

    And I believe the decision will come today…the Friday before Labor Day weekend.

    Enjoy a fun and safe weekend everyone!

  4. bolvi says:
    Aug 29, 2014 11:45 AM
    He served 5 games last year. So with ur thinking it would be 3 games
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    He didn’t serve 5 games. He went to rehab and continued to get paid. That is not a suspension in any way. He was allowed to remain with the team and he kept his paychecks. He should get *some* credit for doing that ‘voluntarily’, but it is not the same as serving a 5 game suspension at all.

  5. Goodell is going to wait for the 49ers to make their cuts prior to notifying them of the suspension. No advantages to having a piece of trash on your team.

  6. Not that he won’t actually get credit for the previous self imposed suspension.
    But why should he?
    It isn’t as if the self imposed suspension was successful.
    If it worked, he wouldn’t be in this situation.

  7. Even as a Seahawk fan who hates the 9ers, this is pretty messed up. The team needs to know what to prepare for with the first game of the season right around the corner.

  8. dukeearl says:
    Aug 29, 2014 12:19 PM
    Not that he won’t actually get credit for the previous self imposed suspension.
    But why should he?
    It isn’t as if the self imposed suspension was successful.
    If it worked, he wouldn’t be in this situation.

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    All of his offenses, besides for being an idiot at LAX, were before the rehab. To our knowledge, he’s been clean ever since. He may still be an idiot, but there’s no rehab for that.

  9. He already served 5 games and checked himself into rehab all voluntarily. Let the kid play, he did his time and is getting it together, which is most important.

  10. Actually he said he had not been drinking since before the rehab. At LA Airport it was noted by several that he had in fact been drinking.

  11. He should be punished and miss some games.
    But why the hell is it taking so damn long? Ridiculous.

  12. I know you guys hate him because he’s so talented but has a 5cent head. But if your team picked him up, you would be one of those fans that cheered Ray Rice during preseason.

    My biggest issue, not just with Aldon but all the players on the hook. Goodell, let’s pick it up… Give him 6, give him 8 just step up and let the teams know so they can prepare.

  13. Suspended 5 games last year. And he’s a multiple violater. 8 game minimum. Really wish he was playing on Sept.7, wish all their starters were playing. Don’t want any excuses when The Boys beat’em down. Dallas:40. 49’ERS 30.

  14. dukeearl says:
    Aug 29, 2014 1:11 PM
    Actually he said he had not been drinking since before the rehab. At LA Airport it was noted by several that he had in fact been drinking.

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    Not a fact. It wasn’t even part of the official record. People said that he APPEARED as though he MAY have been drinking earlier. Could be true. Not sure. Which is why I said “to our knowledge.” Despite what you’d looooove to believe cause he regularly puts your qb on his back…it’s not a fact.

  15. The NFLPA should be disbanded. The heavy Handedness and unjust nature of the NFL’s corrective action policies are so ridiculous it’s as if there isn’t a presence of a union. I mean the extreme prejudice in which suspensions are dished out is almost Tribunal.

    But that is what the NFLPA gets for focusing on silly things like softer practices and not allowing two extra regular season games, instead of the things that protect them from the a dictator like commissioner. Nevertheless the NFLPA is an embarrassment to all unions across the country.

  16. Still going with eight games total offset by the five he missed voluntarily last year, including a fine for the value of the five game checks. Net three game suspension in 2014.

    And yes the LAPD stated that it was observed that he “may have been drinking earlier in the day”, but intoxication wasn’t a factor in his arrest. Maybe NFL investigators pursued that report further than the LAPD. We’ll see.

  17. isaidjoemontegna says:
    Aug 29, 2014 1:45 PM
    dukeearl says:
    Aug 29, 2014 1:11 PM
    Actually he said he had not been drinking since before the rehab. At LA Airport it was noted by several that he had in fact been drinking.

    ———

    Not a fact. It wasn’t even part of the official record. People said that he APPEARED as though he MAY have been drinking earlier. Could be true. Not sure. Which is why I said “to our knowledge.” Despite what you’d looooove to believe cause he regularly puts your qb on his back…it’s not a fact.
    ***************************

    Evidently you aren’t familiar with other
    alcoholics.
    He has broken the rules enough times to create doubt when he makes the statement that he hasn’t been drinking.
    I rarely believe an alcoholic. It is a characteristic of alcoholism to deny.

    I really don’t care what he does on the football field. The punishment needs to be enough to help ALDON.

    Giving him credit for his self imposed suspension is the same type of enabling that the Niner organization has been doing.

    Niners don’t care about Aldon Smith. They care about him being on the field.

    Your post shows the same type of attitude. Your comment about him sacking opposing QBs indicates just that.

  18. The question now becomes, how quickly would they handle an appeal once the suspension has been handed out with the regular season in full swing?

  19. Although they did not make the issue retroactive, the Ray Rice situation has been handled by the NFL. Goodell apologized for being so lenient and imposed a new standard for punishment.
    So how many suspended games were given to Ray Rice has no bearing on Aldon Smith.

  20. realskipbayless says: Aug 29, 2014 2:28 PM

    He deserves 1 game if Ray rice is only getting 2 games.
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    Crashing your car drunk is pretty serious. Not to mention, Aldon Smith has repeatedly gotten in trouble.

    With that being said, Ray Rice should have received 6 games, and should go back and change his suspension to 6.

  21. @dukeearl

    Yeah Im sure your main objective is to help Aldon Smith. Such a kind hearted person you are!! My comment about him sacking your qb is because the truth is, you want him OFF the field as much as I want him ON the field. We are talking about football here, aren’t we?

    Ultimately, Im not as cynical as you are. I believe that people can change. Mainly because I’ve seen friends turn things around when they were doing much worse things. So, until I see otherwise, I’ll believe he’s clean. Let’s not get too high and mighty here.

  22. 8 games with credit for the games he missed while he was voluntarily in rehab. So 4 games maybe? Hey the guy’s an idiot but at least he didnt knock out a woman.

    For once I may agree with you. I would guess it’s going to be 8 games. The question will be how much credit – if any – he gets for missed games last year.

    Goodell is obviously reeling from the Rice fiasco and is going overboard trying to show how tough he is.

  23. The question now becomes, how quickly would they handle an appeal once the suspension has been handed out with the regular season in full swing?

    My guess is the appeal is happening as we speak, and the fact it’s taking so long is a bad sign for Aldon.

  24. Bud Selig may be stepping down, but it’s good to see we have another pro sport commissioner willing and able to dither endlessly. Maybe Goodell can appoint a “Blue Ribbon Panel” like Bud did to investigate the A’s territorial rights to San Jose some years back – they should have some findings any decade now.

  25. Just reported 9 games
    Eligible to return Nov 9
    JUST in time to take out his frustrations on the Seahawks!

  26. Crashing your car drunk is pretty serious. Not to mention, Aldon Smith has repeatedly gotten in trouble.

    With that being said, Ray Rice should have received 6 games, and should go back and change his suspension to 6.

    Even if Smith has gotten in trouble 100 times Ray rice should be getting more time. 6 games is a joke. At the very least half the year.

  27. Nine games – completely arbitrary and unreasonable but at least he should be rested, ready and injury-free for the November-January stretch.

    And hopefully Smith will finally understand that the NFL has decided to supplement the US legal system with it’s own set of punishments, based on whatever Goodell thinks his sponsors, the owners and any sufficiently loud public pressure groups want.

    Meantime, I guess some combination of Skuta, Lemonier and Aaron Lynch will hold down the position. Looking forward to seeing how Lynch does.

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