San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested by Los Angeles Police on Sunday afternoon at Los Angeles Airport after he indicated he was in possession of a bomb.
According to LAPD Sgt. Michael Fox, Smith was booked Sunday afternoon and charged with a false bomb report, this is punishable up to one year in jail. Smith reportedly posted $20,000 bail Sunday night.
49ers general manager Trent Baalke issued a statement:
“We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith. As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”
Smith’s latest run-in with the law will undoubtedly raise more red flags on his long-term future with the 49ers. Smith spent time in rehab last season and still has charges pending for the second of his two recent DUI arrests. He also still faces weapon charges after authorities found guns at his home last summer during a party that ended with Smith being treated for stab wounds.
The 49ers have until May 3rd to decide whether or not to give Smith an option for 2015, he was a first-round in 2011. If they opt not to pick up Smith’s option he’ll become a free agent at the end of this season. It’s an option that seemed like a no-brainer at one point for the 49ers to pick up, however Smith’s legal issues are beginning to pile up and already have caused a distraction to the team. The option would pay Smith $9 million in 2015, his latest arrest could be enough to give the 49ers reason to go in another direction.
Smith’s latest legal woes come on the heels of a string of alarming issues surrounding the team. Starting cornerback Chris Culliver was arrested and charged two weeks ago with a felony and two misdemeanors after a hit-and-run accident involving a bicyclist. This past Thursday, it was reported that quarterback Colin Kaepernick and receiver Quinton Patton are being investigated as part of an incident in Miami involving a 25-year old woman.
Headlines like this are not what any professional team wants to see, especially in the case of the 49ers who are expected to make another run at a Super Bowl in 2015.
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