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49ers linebacker Aldon Smith arrested at airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb.

The 24-year-old player was randomly selected for a secondary screening at Terminal 1 and became uncooperative with the process, airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said. She said he told a TSA agent that he had a bomb before walking to the gate. When airport police officers caught up with him, Ortiz said Smith became uncooperative and was taken into custody.

A witness video posted on TMZ.com shows Smith exchanging words with an officer as he was being handcuffed and escorted out of the gate area.

With the arrest, Smith is involved in three pending criminal cases.

"We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment."

A fearsome pass-rushing specialist, Smith took a five-game leave of absence from the 49ers last season to undergo treatment for substance abuse. He rejoined the team Nov. 5.

Smith played in a 27-7 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 22, two days after he was arrested and jailed on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession. After the game, he publicly apologized for his behavior and later announced he would leave for treatment.

Leading up to the playoffs in early January, Smith said during an interview with The Associated Press he was encouraged by the strides he had made to better himself off the football field that put life - and his work - in perspective. He said at the time he hadn't had any alcohol since before his Sept. 20 DUI arrest, and that he wasn't craving it. When he rejoined the team Nov. 5, he insisted he was on the path to lifelong sobriety stuck by that statement.

His teammates rallied around him in support of his rehab and, later, his return to the team.

Smith emerged as one of the NFL's most-feared pass rushers in 2012. He had a franchise-record 19.5 sacks that year, but failed to record a sack in his final six games including the team's postseason Super Bowl run.

Smith finished with 8½ sacks and 34 tackles in 11 games last season, making eight starts.

In November, Smith pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a June 2012 party at his home. Investigators say several shots were fired, two partygoers were injured and Smith was stabbed. In the subsequent investigation, prosecutors say detectives found five unregistered weapons in Smith's house, including two Bushmaster rifles and an Armalite AR-10T. They say those are assault weapons illegal to possess under California law.

Smith and former teammate Delanie Walker were named in a lawsuit last September filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court by a Northern California man who said he was shot at a party at Smith's house on June 29, 2012. The players charged a $10 admission and $5 per drink, the lawsuit said. Smith and now-Tennessee Titans tight end Walker were allegedly intoxicated on Smith's balcony when they fired gunshots in the air while trying to end the party, the lawsuit said.

Smith, selected seventh overall in the 2011 draft out of Missouri, had previously been arrested on suspicion of DUI in January 2012 in Miami shortly after the 49ers lost in the NFC championship game.

This is the latest in a long list of legal issues for 49ers players the past two years - and recently, too. The Niners, who lost to the rival and eventual champion Seattle Seahawks in the NFC championship game, have made nearly as much news away from the field as they have in free agency this offseason.

On Thursday, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was one of three NFL players named in a Miami police report involving a woman who passed out in a hotel and later woke up in a hospital not knowing how she got there, though no one has been charged with a crime. Kaepernick, 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette - a former 49er - were with the woman at a Miami hotel where Lockette lives, according to the Miami Police Department report. The police say it's too early to determine whether a crime was committed.

Late last month in San Jose, 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run and reckless driving after he drove a car into a bicyclist and fled. He is the player who underwent sensitivity training after his anti-gay remarks leading up to the Super Bowl after the 2012 season. He has done outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Last summer, another starting linebacker, Ahmad Brooks, was investigated by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office on allegations that Brooks repeatedly hit a teammate on the head with a beer bottle. No assault charges were filed because of insufficient evidence.

According to police, Brooks hit then-teammate Lamar Divens with the bottle three times and then punched him in the face during an early morning argument June 8. Divens sustained a 3-inch cut on his forehead.

Another member of the defense, Demarcus Dobbs, was suspended for Week 1 last season for his own arrest on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession in 2012.


AP Sports Writers Janie McCauley and Josh Dubow in San Francisco contributed to this report.

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jeannehudgens April 14 2014 at 4:35 AM

If my kindergartener can be suspended from school for a day for saying that he had a bomb in his pocket, the surely this a**hole can be arrested for saying he is about to take a bomb on a plane!!

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noteugene jeannehudgens April 14 2014 at 7:17 AM

Good one! Best point made yet.

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tradermike24 April 14 2014 at 12:47 PM

Another genius!!!

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joe April 14 2014 at 12:48 PM

For what I hear is to say anything about having a bomb in a airport or plane is a federal chrime. I dont think he will get off like these other jokers.

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hus4154 April 14 2014 at 10:33 AM

He's a professional athlete, it's OK. He's been pampered forever and can't get over it. Wonder how he got through high school and college.....actually I don't wonder.

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Rich April 14 2014 at 10:32 AM

surprise you??? lol now you can bet he's gonna claim racism was the cause for his outbreak.....yanno...kinda like Holder and Obama. Makes me wonder who the real racists are these days.

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guillermo.amaya April 14 2014 at 12:51 PM

This are the athletes kids and young people look up to, what a waste, these players think they are above the law and they can do whatever they please, what a shame, they make so mucho money they don't even know what to do with...a Great athlete doesn't just perform great inside the field but outside of it as well, they need to learn a lesson in humility...

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Vimala Nowlis guillermo.amaya April 14 2014 at 1:03 PM

They can only get away with what society allows them to get away with. The way to stop it is to put your money where your mouth is. Stop watching games played by criminals and stop buying anything has to do with them. When the flow of gold stops, the adulation also stops.

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Vimala Nowlis April 14 2014 at 12:59 PM

Sports and entertainmenet industries seem to be the criminal breeding ground and hot bed for hideouts. Must be a job requirement to be on drugs and be violent.

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lotus5270 April 14 2014 at 1:02 PM

I've said for years if people would boycott pro games for one season and the cash isn't flowing for these money grubbing teams it would bring back sports for what it was meant to be. Enjoyment!!! All pro plays including baseball, soccer, hockey, b ball, and football seem to play for money and not the joy of the game and we that pay these crazy prices to watch just enable it to go on and on!! The public holds the cards and again we let ourselves be lead around!! Stop paying stupid inflated prices and where does that leave the sports teams??? Broke!!! Let's start sooner rather then later!! One season should teach them who holds the purse strings!!

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packardman1351 lotus5270 April 14 2014 at 3:13 PM

A good point lotus, but 2000 years have pased and crowd at any NFL stadium are not muc different that the crowds in the Roman Colisseum. The owners sit in their boxes like Roman Emperors collecting tribute from local governments for the privilege of building them stadiums, to house their teams, expanding roads to bringin the crowds, providing police, etc. ...and then ask for more. They watch their highly paid Gladiators bash in each others heads while the people in the stands scream for more, thinking that these athletes really care about them or their town any more than the Gladiators gave a damn about the crowds coming to see them fighting to the death. You would think the public would get it. They don't.

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potero1 April 13 2014 at 11:12 PM

For the kind of money he is making and what education he has from where he was drafted, stupid is what stupid does. I rarely put negative comments like this on these posts, but to yell "Bomb in Airport," in this day and age could have sent off a frenzy of frightened people scrambling for safety and getting severely injured or worse. Upon what kind of kind of ego trip on, is he? Just because he is a star in the NFL for one of the greatest teams does not allow him to put people in danger because he was arguing with airport security. It does not say what the issue was, but still he should be a better example to the children that see him as almost a god figure, his fans, his team mates, the 49ers organization, his family and finally the world at large. I am sure his attorneys will get him off with a slap on the wrist with some half hearted apology meaning nothing to him or his character flaws which we all have. Yet to do something this dangerous I think felony charges should be brought and some jail time, community service, Anger management and some very steep consequences from the team. You might say jeez no one was hurt, it was not that big of a deal. Yet think about what he did in this day and age after the Boston Marathon Bombing, the possible missing flight which may or may not have to do with this, 9/11 fresh on our minds the ship SS Cole, all the shootings, bombings around the world and our service men coming back with half of their bodies left in the desert of Iraqi or Afghanistan and he yells "Bomb in Airport." Come on this way over the top of what a person of his fame and fortune to have a temper tantrum and possibly injure many people in unacceptable. Paul D. Otero, BTH, BSW, MSW, LCSW

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mrcbwalk April 14 2014 at 12:45 PM

I know some talented football players who would love to take this fools place.

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