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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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johngin1999 April 13 2014 at 9:49 PM

I cannot understand the American idolization of some guys running around a field chasing each others balls..baseballs, footballs, soccer balls, etc.
To me sports is like sex. To get the full appreciation for it you have to participate. Otherwise to watch it is like watching porno. Yoyu get your rocks off viocariously.
No thanks.

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tssr234 johngin1999 April 13 2014 at 11:15 PM

WAO! Even the most stupidiest of us reading your blog can see what your vision is all about! GET HELP!

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fenwaypark9 April 13 2014 at 9:49 PM

Thug claims racism in 5..4..3..2..

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Wayne fenwaypark9 April 13 2014 at 10:11 PM

lol thugs? . . Imma educate u even though I already know ur most likely a Fox news
Viewer. So this country sends our troops off to a illegitimate war, thousands killed and injured because Dubya's ego and the lack of integrity of "congress". Oh and not too speak of the murder of the Iraqi ppl . . That hasnt come out yet. And all the deciet of this government working the masses as slave labor, and u cowards got the nerve to call athletes thugs?? LoL that's y ur kids are killing each other in school cause u punks fear truth.

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tssr234 Wayne April 13 2014 at 11:17 PM

Agreeeeeee 100 % thank you!

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cdjcn April 13 2014 at 9:46 PM

Becoming a Rapper is his destiny.

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tssr234 cdjcn April 13 2014 at 11:11 PM

You must be sphychic.... could you tell me the lotto numbers please! :)

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janka51 April 13 2014 at 9:44 PM

they ruined every sport there is

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tssr234 janka51 April 13 2014 at 11:10 PM

OMG! YOU are right about that, but not every sport, Just Tennis and Golf...lol I have read comments her re: this athlete with a drinking/drug/ problem? Getting arrested DUI. going to Rehav, now a relapse... From what see here I did not read, assault &battery, or either,.He had a scuffle with some peeps at his private party. I am sure police arrested the perpetrators in his house, and maybe brought him for questioning only. After all those peeps were welcome to leave if he was the one doing the asaults. However they chose to stay and fight??? In his house? Then he was stabbed. Hospital perhaps? or Jail ??? Hmmm... Wonder which action was taken there? Then he screams bad words to who? Potty Mouth? And then (hearsay) He told an agent he had a bomb!!!! OMG>>> where was it in his but? Or did he have the usual terrorist atire? Potty mouth! Yes shame on you NFL Athlete, Black man, human being ect. GUNS Oh NO!!! in his house assault rifles that most of the himan race here in USA have by the tons. And every right to do so... California has different laws...about the specific arms he had stashed away in his house? Or...did he bring those to the Airport??? Where in his person were all this weapons..ON yeah that's right at home... Dis he use any of them,? And Now I read your comment..Yes OBAMA POTUS did it... it's his fault of course!!! Idiots, narrowmainded people, keep your comments to yourself, if you have no idea what actually happened... He is an alchoholic with a defites attitude sine he lost that game... Ever Played and dedicated your life the team and all of a sudden you don do it perfect and all hell is brought upon you? He feels like crap and you are enjoying iy...you usually feel glee and happiness at some one elses pain and suffering? We don't have his full story but you are not a Good example... you Sir are a monster!

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bigred8690 April 13 2014 at 10:04 PM

After the LAX shooting, it's stupid to do anything to tick off the screeners there. They probably all have PTSD and are itching to body-slam you to the floor.

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bangzoomer April 13 2014 at 9:58 PM

Someone tell me this guy grew up with a father telling him how men behave. There are millions of young men like him - they got lots of love from from the women in the family - but no adult men to help them be complete people. And the NFL don't help much either.

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Martha bangzoomer April 13 2014 at 10:48 PM

BOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO Everyone has a choice. Plenty of people grow up without fathers and they do great things.

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selco2 April 13 2014 at 10:01 PM

Eh, this is a black man writing this.... This dude has some issues and doesn't need any special treatment just because of who he is. I'm an unknown and my butt would've been jailed so quick if I ever exhibited such an outburst of childish ghetto behavior while going through screening.... I'm educated college grad and professional with great salary but I'll never command the salary this guy makes nor will I be able to afford to live where he lives......... No sympathy from me.......

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Franco selco2 April 13 2014 at 10:05 PM

Thank you, my fellow American. :O)

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Colleen's Screen selco2 April 13 2014 at 10:12 PM

Selco2. Thank you for an intelligent comment. You are 100% correct but guys like you don't get the headlines and that's sure too bad.

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Mike April 13 2014 at 10:01 PM

cut him...more trouble than he is worth. Will take away the distractions so he can concentrate on his mental health. He's a lost cause as a player, but maybe he can save his own life. I think saying you have a bomb is Federal crime too.

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Kristine April 13 2014 at 9:51 PM

Smith is a piece of crap. What a low life ghetto punk.

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Wayne Kristine April 13 2014 at 10:18 PM

Better ghetto than a spineless coward. Kristine go watch fox news with the rest of ur dumb down crowd. Better yet go watch rush limBAH with those other loser in america today. . U ppl are trash.

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Kristine Wayne April 13 2014 at 10:22 PM

Wayne..... I am not a Limbah fan. Sorry . Nor am I a FOX new fan.... strike 2.

Now please learn to type like an adult. U ppl.... embarasssing idiot.

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Martha Wayne April 13 2014 at 10:51 PM

Better ghetto??????????????????? hahahahahaha

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