San Francisco 49ers star linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol Friday morning in San Jose.
Police said the incident took place at 7 a.m. in the Silver Creek area of San Jose. Smith allegedly drove his car into tree, but no one was hurt. He registered a blood alcohol level of .15, which is close to twice the legal limit. Police also found marijuana and pills in the car.
The 49ers released the following statement about Smith’s arrest:
The 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Aldon Smith. As we continue to gather information regarding this situation, we will have no further comment.
There is a strong chance that Smith will be suspended by the NFL. The rules state that any arrest is subject to review under the league’s substances-of-abuse policy. The fact that Smith was arrested for a DUI, plus he had pot and pills in his car, will draw Roger Goodell’s attention.
Unfortunately, this is not Smith’s first incident with law enforcement. In January 2012, he was arrested for a DUI in Miami Beach. The charge was later dropped to reckless driving and the linebacker did not face suspension.
Early this month, Smith was named in a gunfight lawsuit for an incident at a house party he was hosting in June 2012. The San Jose District Attorney’s Office is still deciding whether or not to prosecute Smith for possessing illegal assault rifles. He is also dealing with a negligence lawsuit filed a few months ago by a man who was also at the party and was was shot in the leg during the gunfight.
No doubt, this is a distraction the Niners don’t need heading into Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts. Smith will not likely be suspended for this weekends game, but its anything goes for the games after Week 3. He currently leads the Niners with 3.5 sacks this season.
In a recent interview, Smith said “I mature more and more” as the years go on. It is now clear that statement was just lip service as Smith has not shown maturity through his actions off the field. No matter how many times he has been been involved in incidents with law enforcement, he never learns from his reckless behavior. So maybe a suspension would a good thing for Smith. He might actually think twice in the future about putting himself in situations that are dangerous, that hurt not only him, but the team as well.