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I really hope the guy gets help!


San Francisco 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to San Jose police.

Smith was arrested by police officers after a single-vehicle crash at approximately 7 a.m. PT in the city's Silver Creek district, San Jose police spokeswoman Sgt. Heather Randol told NFL Media. Smith's vehicle collided with a tree. Nobody else was in the vehicle when officers arrived,she said.

"The initial investigation revealed that he was driving under the influence of alcohol," Randol said.

Smith was taken to a Santa Clara County jail, where he was booked and later released on $5,250 bail, Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup said.

Smith also was booked on a charge of possession of marijuana, Stenderup said. Randol said there was no marijuana charge brought by San Jose police.

Smith was at 49ers practice on Friday. He declined to comment, although coach Jim Harbaugh addressed the arrest.

"I'm disappointed, and I felt like he needs to go to work, face his teammates and soldier through it," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh added that he anticipates Smith playing in Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that Smith might play sparingly.

"I expect Aldon, like today, he'll be back at work and playing on Sunday," Harbaugh said.

Smith, 23, previously was arrested for DUI in Miami Beach in 2012. In that case, Smith completed a program for first-time DUI offenders and got a lesser charge of reckless driving, said Ed Griffith, spokesman for the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.

Friday's incident marks the fifth 49ers-related DUI arrest in the last two and a half years, per Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee.

Smith also was recently named in a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed he was shot during a June 2012 party hosted by Smith at the player's San Jose area home. Smith reportedly was stabbed at the gathering.

Attorneys for Smith and former 49er Delanie Walker,who also is named in the suit, have said the man "freely and voluntarily exposed himself to all risks of harm" by attending the party, The Associated Press reported. The lawyers add that his injuries were not caused by the defendants.

A spokesman for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office told NFL Media on Friday the investigation into what happened at the party is ongoing.

The 49ers released a statement Friday about the arrest. It read: "The 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Aldon Smith. As we continue to gather information regarding this situation, we will have no further comment."

The third-year defender has 3.5 sacks this season after piling up 19.5 takedowns in 2012.

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Von Miller's problems are worse.

Von Miller tried to corrupt drug-testing program

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

September 22, 2013 10:32 am ET

Broncos linebacker Von Miller is currently serving a six-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora confirms that Miller tried unsuccessfully to corrupt the NFL's drug-testing program with the help of a urine collector before both were caught.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen first reported the story.

This explains why when Miller was suspended on Aug. 20; initial reports indicated that the suspension was a result of negotiations between the NFL Players Association and the league. Miller could have faced a more severe suspension until it was negotiated down to six games.

"Any future mistakes -- not just necessarily a positive test -- but if Miller fails to comply with every piece of this testing protocol, it could result in a one-year suspension," La Canfora said during a Sunday appearance on CBS Sports Network's That Other Pregame Show.

One of Mortensen's sources was "reasonably certain" that no money changed hands between Miller and the collector, but, Mortensen adds, "there was concern the NFL may have a problem beyond Miller and the collector involved."

Mortensen continued: "While Miller's reps and the NFLPA were prepared to fight the suspension vigorously in the appeals process, sources said the NFL, NFLPA and Miller's representatives became aware the Broncos linebacker and the collector involved worked together in an attempt to help Miller avoid a failed test."

At the time of his suspension, Miller said that "there is no excuse" for violating the rules but added that the suspension did not "result from a positive test."

Now we know why.

"I made mistakes and my suspension has hurt my team, Broncos fans, and myself," Miller said at the time. "I am especially sorry for the effect of my bad decisions on others. I will not make the same mistakes about adhering to the policy in the future. During my time off the field, I will work tirelessly and focus exclusively on remaining in peak shape."

Last week, La Canfora reported that Miller's parents had moved in with the third-year player shortly after his suspension came down, and the Broncos plan to have a team employee work directly with Miller on a daily basis making sure he is coordinating his time wisely, and working with the player's representatives closely.

"Miller isn't seen as a bad kid by any stretch, but clearly he has issues with maturity and responsibility," La Canfora wrote. "He's been known to show up to the wrong meeting at the team facility or show up late despite being inside the facility, with details sometimes slipping his mind. For lack of a better word, team officials will babysit him more closely and ensure Miller understands that things many would take for granted -- like traveling outside of the state without first notifying the NFL -- he cannot do. Due to the stage of the drug program he is in, all such trips must be cleared first so that Miller is able to potentially be drug tested."

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