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49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

Aldon Smith Suspended Nine Games


BY JANIE MCCAULEY

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues.

A statement Friday from the league said Smith had violated the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies.

Smith won't be eligible to return until Nov. 10, the day after the 49ers' game against the New Orleans Saints.

"Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it as a team," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him, but it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead."

The 24-year-old Smith, one of the NFL's top pass rushers, missed five games last season to undergo treatment at an in-patient facility following his DUI arrest Sept. 20.

Just before training camp began last month, the 24-year-old Smith was sentenced to serve three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges.

He has repeatedly said he has been sober since his DUI arrest last September. Smith played in a 27-7 home loss to the 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.

While the Niners went on a five-game winning streak without him, Smith's menacing presence was sorely missed. The team still picked up his 2015 contract option this spring.

In his latest run-in with the law, Smith was arrested April 13 at Los Angeles International Airport. Police said Smith was randomly selected for a secondary screening and became uncooperative with the process, telling a TSA agent that he had a bomb. No charges were filed.

In November, he pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a June 2012 party at his home. Investigators said several shots were fired, two partygoers were injured and Smith was stabbed. In the subsequent investigation, prosecutors say detectives found five unregistered, illegal weapons in Smith's house.

Last season, Smith finished with 8 1/2 sacks and 34 tackles in 11 games with eight starts. He was initially worked back in slowly, but demonstrated he had stayed in shape while away.

Selected seventh overall in the 2011 draft out of Missouri, Smith had a franchise-record 19 1/2 sacks during the 2012 season for the 49ers, who lost to Baltimore in the Super Bowl after that season.

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Gene August 29 2014 at 6:03 PM

This is oh so typical of blacks who attended schools for free, not learning a damn thing and given the world to them on a silver platter because they run fast and jump high. What it boils down to is blacks are for the most part heathen and need to adapt to the ways of a civilized society.

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sparticlistic August 29 2014 at 5:11 PM

Janie,
I don't get it ..which is worse..an NBA owner, who is certified crazy, making a racial remark..yet forced to sell his team...or a NFL player beats his girlfriend unconscious..he should be cut loose..forget suspension. Set an example for the other Black players that have been beating their wife/girlfriends FOR YEARS.

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clevecavsrock1 August 29 2014 at 5:36 PM

where is racial equailtiy in football and basketball, I am tired of the blacks taking whtie mans jobs. I demand more white players and less black thugss

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cgssnavickas August 29 2014 at 4:58 PM

Apparently rehab didn't work for him, nor will it unless he wants to change. He's not ready to do that so until then he will continue to abuse drugs and alcohol. If the 49ers are smart, they will ditch him.

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dbear4u2 August 29 2014 at 5:15 PM

This is the way NFL and other thugs live. Beat their women and loot. They can't help it if they are uncivilized. They had terrible childhoods and should be given a pass and not be accountable for their actions. Just ask Sharpton, Jackson and Obama. The deck has an unlimited number of race cards, ready to be played anytime.

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Jim dbear4u2 August 30 2014 at 12:29 PM

It's all blacks, right. In your narrow-minded ignorance you hide here on a blog site, coward. This is America, you don't deserve citizenship here.

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i.dont.care.what.you.think August 29 2014 at 6:27 PM

You can take them out of the gheto. But you cant take the gheto out of them.
Now he can go back to the gheto and hang out with his bros

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HCC11111 August 29 2014 at 5:46 PM

How do you spell dumb ass in football. Aldon Smifh. What is it with some of these asses they have the world by the balls and they constantly think they are above the law. Say goodbye to a couple mil. *******

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buddwhyzr August 29 2014 at 5:38 PM

If you make that kind of money you idiot, hire a driver and bodyguard. No more DUI's and no need to be packin'.

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Brad Machado buddwhyzr August 29 2014 at 9:30 PM

All of a sudden he's cooperating with the N.F.L. and becoming a model teammate. All heis or was trying to do was get a lighter penalty. What's next, he's feeding the homeless? Teaching bible study? He's still a thug. Alton Smiff.

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jprinceton77 buddwhyzr August 30 2014 at 9:30 AM

of course he's an idiot...he's colored....

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wbearl August 29 2014 at 6:28 PM

Isn't it amazing, you can give them an education, give them fame and give them Multi Million Dollar contracts and in the end they are still just gang bangers. What wonderful roll models for the future generations.

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Brad Machado wbearl August 29 2014 at 9:31 PM

I promise he has no education. Probably got his degree in basket weaving or making grilled cheese sandwiches.

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Jim wbearl August 30 2014 at 12:32 PM

What ghetto did YOU learn your English from? We gave YOU an education and it did nothing for you either. Personalize the ignorance you're do proud of recognizing.

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Greg Smitherson August 29 2014 at 5:17 PM

cut him. why does he get 4, 5, 6 chances. you can take the player out of the hood, but you can't take the hood out of the player. cut. jail. over.

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jprinceton77 Greg Smitherson August 30 2014 at 9:30 AM

you are correct sir....cut...jail...back to the ghetto

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