Sep 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) celebrates after forcing a quarterback fumble against the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers will continue to pay Aldon Smith while he's in rehab


San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith checked in to a treatment center as he looks to tackle his alcohol problems and the team has proven that they will remain by his side and offer him full support. The team placed Smith on the non-football injury list so that he can return later this season once he gets his help.

The team is also set to pay Smith his full salary and honor his contract, while he is in the rehab center.

Smith entered treatment after last week’s match up against the Indianapolis Colts.

Many questioned why the team would play Smith rather than have him check in to rehab immediately, but the move came at the request of Smith so that he could fulfill his obligation to the team after preparing all week.

Now, the team is paying him back by fulfilling their obligation of upholding his contract.

If all goes well for Smith, he could return to the team in November for the final stretch of the season without missing out on a penny.

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  • mothertoalex

    I pray he finds his grip in the world and respect his position that God has graced him with. Obviously he holds the B&G club close to his heart. I’m waiting for his public apology to all the young boys and girls he has disappointed with his decisions. Being a role model is more than tossing money into a cause. It’s about doing what is honorable, and being humble enough to own mistakes when they are made.

    I have been a niners fan since I was a little girl watching football with my dad. I never believe in buying jerseys with a players name on it, because I was a fan of the 49ers, not a singular player. I finally succumb to my belief/ superstition.
    I bought his jersey in 2011 with pride and excitement for his future, with a team I have followed faithfully since 1993.
    I am sorry I invested in him. I am sorry we put him in a position he wasn’t ready to handle.
    I will not wear his jersey because I do not support or respect the man he is.

    I pray he finds the power in our Heavenly Father. I pray he is able to pick up his head, and look around, to see it is not about him, but for Him, that he was blessed. He must do what he loves to do (play football, if that is truly the career he wants) for the Glory to Him.