San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith ran into trouble again.
Smith was arrested by Santa Clara police on Thursday night for a hit and run, DUI and vandalism, the department tweeted on Friday. Online records show the 25-year-old was booked on Friday with a bail of $26,000. Smith was bailed out Friday morning, according to KTVU.
Smith served a nine-game suspension last season for violating the league’s policy on personal conduct and substances of abuse. In 2013 he missed five games following a DUI arrest and voluntarily checked himself into a treatment facility.
The latest arrest, his third for DUI, is the most recent in a long list of off-field transgressions for Smith. He received a 12-day sentence and three years of probation in July following a no-contest plea to three felony weapons charges and two misdemeanor DUI charges. The weapons charges (and one of the DUI charges) were in connection to a 2012 party at Smith’s residence where he was stabbed.
Smith also made waves last year when he was accused of making a bomb threat to a TSA agent at Los Angeles International Airport, but charges weren’t filed.
Upon being released Friday, Smith claimed he didn’t get a DUI.
“I want everybody to understand this wasn’t a DUI. The situation that happened could have been handled differently,” he told KTVU. “I apologize to everybody I did let down and I apologize for how it all played out.”
Thursday’s arrest puts his season and career in San Francisco in muddy waters.
The Niners could decide to cut Smith after the latest incident. Niners owner Jed York hasn’t yet decided on Smith’s future, NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported on Inside Training Camp Live.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported in March that Smith re-did his contract, shifting to a pay-as-you-go structure. The redo converted his $9.75 million salary into monthly roster bonuses beginning in April. Facing another likely suspension Smith probably won’t see all those bonuses, if he remains on the team.
“The thought behind it is that Aldon realizes he’s been his own worst enemy,” Smith’s agent Doug Hendrickson said at the time of the deal. “He has come a long way since he was suspended. Ultimately his goal, my goal, and the team’s goal is for him to sign a long-term contract with the Niners. …
“He’s basically saying, ‘I’m willing to bet on myself.'”
For the 49ers it’s an added bombshell in an offseason of big losses. Coach Jim Tomsula’s challenging job just became immensely more difficult with his most talented pass rusher getting arrested.
How much does the NFL have to pay these guys to not be idiots? I mean, really. You have life by the balls, the NFL gives you access to drivers anywhere in the country that was a program specifically set up for the players so they don’t have to drive after drinking. How dumb are you? Roger will probably come down hard with a vicious 2 game suspension. Way to be a dink Aldon…