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Aldon Smith arrested for hit and run, DUI, vandalism

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.

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Not to be a jerk, but aren't you on the wrong board with that post?

Sorta, not really. Thing is, he has been a big topic here for years. Many (including myself) wanted to try and trade for him. This is basically to keep mainstream Falcons fans who keep mentioning him in the know. If they move it then great, but at least a few fans will see it first.

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Aldon Smith arrested for hit and run, DUI, vandalism

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.

He lost that bet

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It's very sad.

When I see stuff like this where an actor is acting in an irrational way repeatedly, I really start to wonder about the effects of head trauma/CTE on the decision making process. Not saying thats absolutely driving this sort of behavior but given what we know of the erratic decision-making of the older guys who were diagnosed with CTE post-mortem, I can't help but wonder....

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Getting a Hit & Run/DUI/Vandalism while you're on probation is idiotic. But since he's rich and can play ball, he'll probably get off with only a slap on the wrist. Should be at least 1 year in jail, and banishment from the NFL for 2 years. He's freaking on probation!! ANY new charges can result in the re-sentencing for the previous ones.

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Might as well keep him to avoid Dallas or Skins signing him.

Let them sign him.... it will be a wasted roster spot... like Hardy for most of the year.

Can't make any plays when you're suspended for the year but the messed up thing is that you could still count against the cap depending on how the contract was structured.

And this happened DURING CAMP?!

Holy @#$

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It's very sad.

When I see stuff like this where an actor is acting in an irrational way repeatedly, I really start to wonder about the effects of head trauma/CTE on the decision making process. Not saying thats absolutely driving this sort of behavior but given what we know of the erratic decision-making of the older guys who were diagnosed with CTE post-mortem, I can't help but wonder....

you cannot fix stupid....most of the CTE stuff happens later in life where it shows up. If that was Aldon's Smith's problem, it seems unlikely that it would show now.

he's just dumb. no other explanation needed.

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you cannot fix stupid....most of the CTE stuff happens later in life where it shows up. If that was Aldon's Smith's problem, it seems unlikely that it would show now.

he's just dumb. no other explanation needed.

This could be true but isn't necessarily. Remember, Chris Henry was similarly erratic and his brain displayed signs of CTE in multiple regions.

It's one of a multitude of factors. And at the end of the day, I guess it doesnt matter to you or I...he's just a football player. But for his family or friends or even himself, I would think they would find "he's just dumb" to be far too simplistic an answer.

And theyre the ones that have to deal with the fallout.

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