49ersí Aldon Smith out indefinitely following DUI arrest
Smith was arrested Friday morning after he crashed his car in San Jose's Silver Creek district. He was briefly jailed after being booked on charges of DUI and possession of marijuana, before posting a 5,250 later in the morning. He returned to team practice in the afternoon and was still played in Sunday's 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
“(General Manager) Trent (Baalke) and (head coach) Jim (Harbaugh) handled it, they obviously talked to me about it. And I think again under the circumstances, knowing what Aldon wants to do, the best thing for Aldon, and again there’s not right answer here,” York said. “We’re very fortunate that nobody got hurt, Aldon included and anybody else. And we want to make sure that Aldon’s never in a position like this again."
The third-year pro Smith recorded five tackles in Sunday’s game, but won’t be seeing the field against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday for the 49ers’ Week 4 game. Multiple reports surfaced on Sunday, indicating Smith will take the leave to check into a rehab facility – with the help of the 49ers. While York did not confirm that will be the next step in the process for Smith, he added that the player will have the 49ers’ full support while he works through his problems.
“I don’t know if there’s a right decision in this situation. It was something that was very disappointing to the team," York said. "After talking with Aldon and knowing what he wants to do, there’s not a one-day fix. This is a long-term fix.”
“We support Aldon. If Aldon’s willing to fight for himself and make this right, then I will stand here and I will support him. And I’ll take any shots directed at the organization. You can direct them at me. I will support Aldon as long as he’s willing to work at this and fight to get better."
Smith has faced off-field issues before during his NFL career. The 23-year-old was arrested on a previous DUI charge in Miami last January. More recently, Smith has been named in two lawsuits from a party that he hosted at his home in June last year. The lawsuit claims that Smith and Delanie Walker illegally fired weapons during the party. Smith was also stabbed during the incident.
"First off I wanted to apologize to the team, the organization, my family, everybody I let down,” Smith said following his recent DUI arrest. “Let it be known that this is a problem and it’s something that will get fixed. I’ll do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again.”