All in all, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith got off pretty easy for a DUI and weapons charges that he plead no contest to back in May. He got three years of probation, 235 hours of community service, and will have to complete 11 work days.
More importantly, Smith won’t have to serve any jail time and he will be available for the start of the 49ers’ training camp. Smith’s father thinks that the sentence will be good for his son.
“I know he’s very happy with what transpired,” Smith’s father, Thurston Smith, told the San Jose Mercury News.
“Probation is really good because you can’t get in anymore trouble,” he said. “We don’t want that to happen at all.”
That doesn’t mean that Aldon Smith has avoided any punishment from the league and commissioner Roger Goodell, but Smith’s father said that he doesn’t know what to expect.
“We don’t have any idea,” Thurston Smith said. “[Weapons convictions] being reduced felony to misdemeanor was huge, and we hope it carries much weight with what Mr. Goodell does. We’re praying for four [games] or less but it’s beyond our control.”
The 11 work days will be served on consecutive Mondays starting July 28th and the last one would come one week before the 49ers play on Monday Night Football, meaning he’d be available to play if he isn’t suspended by the league.