San Francisco 49ers sack leader Aldon Smith has denied being assaulted at a restaurant in his home state of Missouri. The incident reportedly occurred around 1:00 a.m. on Thursday. A local sports reporter tweeted Smith was jumped at El Rancho restaurant in Columbia, Missouri and he was doing okay. In response to the report Smith tweeted,
According to a local police spokeswoman there was a ‘disturbance…between two black males” and “officers were dispatched to address of El Rancho at 1:56 a.m.” No identification of who was involved was released.
Smith is in his second-year with the 49ers and leads the team with 7½ sacks. He attended the University of Missouri from 2008-2010 and was in town because of the 49ers bye week. A team spokesman denied the reports saying there’s “no substance to the rumor” and the 49ers have spoken with Smith.
The pass rushing specialist is no stranger to controversy with three prior negatives incidents this year. In January, he was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving in Miami, Florida. The outside linebacker was stabbed at his own house party in June and he was involved in a single-car accident outside of San Jose in September.
Let’s hope Smith was not involved at all in the incident because that would just bring more negative news for the young star. It’s interesting that Smith has denied being jumped, because if he was he would be a victim of a crime. He might be trying to avoid being a distraction for the 49ers on their bye week and does not want to be seen as someone who attracts trouble. Stay tuned.