After his latest arrest at the Los Angeles International Airport following a false bomb report, Aldon Smith’s days with the San Francisco 49ers may be coming to an end. According to the MercuryNews.com‘s Tim Kawakami, it is unlikely that Smith will play for the 49ers in 2014.
“There is a weariness and frustration over Smith’s behavior that I’ve never heard involving any recent 49ers player. Until this week,” Kawakami wrote.
“And this is coming from people with the team who defended Smith full-tilt after his DUI arrest last September and emphasized back then that he voluntarily was seeking help, which was a clear sign that he was ready to address his problems. It’s a very, very different tone now. Starkly different. …
“I’m also told that the weariness and frustration is mostly focused on Smith, and that team management supports Colin Kaepernick through the ‘suspicious incident’ that Miami police are still investigating and that the 49ers are not planning to release [Chris] Culliver despite his felony and misdemeanor hit-and-run charges recently.”
Smith is an extremely talented player, but his multiple run-ins with the law certainly give the 49ers reason for concern.
On May 3, the 49ers will need to decide whether or not to pick up the $9.75 million option for 2015, and the more we hear it is seeming less and less likely that Smith is part of the team’s future plans.