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Sep 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) on the bench against the Green Bay Packers during the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Aldon Smith was red flagged before NFL Draft for potential off-field concerns

It seems that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is always in the news for the wrong reasons and that’s a trend that continued on Sunday night in perhaps the most bizarre incident he’s ever been involved in. But while the ‘bomb’ incident at LAX on Sunday was bizarre, it’s also one of the most serious offenses he’s been involved with and it has caused his old pre-draft character report to be drudged up.

According to FOXSports.com’s Alex Marvez, Smith was red-flagged for potential future off-field behavioral problems and that’s exactly what we’ve seen out of him.

Per FOXSports:

Smith, who was arrested Sunday for allegedly making a bomb threat at Los Angeles International Airport, was red-flagged before the 2011 draft by the North Carolina-based scouting service Human Resource Tactics, which works with subscribing NFL teams.

How many times have we seen this happen far too long after the fact, as it always seems a player’s background reports saying he’s a tour bled individual only surface after said individual has been in trouble. Smith clearly needs help with his mental well being and there is hope that he’ll be able to get what he needs.

As for the report, it helps explain some things but it doesn’t excuse the fact that Smith’s mental unrest has gone largely uncared for until recently with his abrupt stint in rehab.

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