Aldon Smith Back With the 49ers (With UPDATE!!!)

UPDATE: Aldon Smith was activated by the 49ers from the Non-Football Injury list

Aldon Smith has returned to team headquarters today. Whether he can play soon or even at all remains to be seen. He has his Nov 12 appearance for the 3 weapons charges he faces, as well as a Nov 19 court date for the DUI arrest that put him into rehab in the first place. Tell ya one thing. That must have been one hell of a party. He got stabbed, weapons were fired, and Smith ends up getting arrested for assault weapons charges.

Not sure how the fact that the cops invited Smith to go to a shooting range plays into this, but it can’t help the prosecution’s case very much. I’m sure that the weapons charges will get pled down to misdemeanors, but the DUI thing still has to be dealt with. Although the ‘good faith’ deal of Smith going to rehab and thus missing 5 games also plays into the league’s reaction. I suppose the next couple weeks of his being with the team and how he addresses these things in public will play their role as well. Act contrite and talk about changing your life, and that works with Goodie Goodell’s perception-is-everything idea of cleaning up his league. Act like a stupid punk going forwardand pay the price. I don’t think he, or the team, is that dense though. He will likely be in lockdown mode as the team has assured him that one more wrong move and he’ll be tossed from the team. if not the league.

That’s all well and good. I sincerely hope he gets his shit together and stays with the team, as he is a once-in-a-generation talent, and seems to be a nice kid, if not caught up in a bunch of shit. The party seemed to bring some nasty shit to the forefront for him, but the DUI stuff has dogged him for a while now. Is it simply the exuberance of youth? Too much too soon for a young man? A thug escaping the hood? Truth be told no one knows but Aldon and his family. When he was drafted, I didn’t hear anything regarding red flags or behavior issues around him, but then again, I hadn’t heard of him at all until the Niners drafted him.

The unspoken elephant in the room regarding him (and a few other mercurial talents that get in trouble) is that HE doesn’t really have to do much to get right back into the league with an enormous contract under his belt, provided he doesn’t kill himself or someone else. Whether he is suspended for all of this year and next, cut from the Niners and even does some jail time, teams will line up to sign him after he has faced his obligations, whatever they may be. The league is filled with guys who have faced many differing charges and have come back. Pacman Jones being the most glaring example. He was on probation when drafted for a bar fight, and arrested for vandalizing a nightclub in Nashville before ever playing a down in the NFL. Then there was the public drunkenness arrest, and the infamous ‘making it rain’ beating of a stripper and subsequent gunplay. He served time, was suspended for a year, and generally kept screwing up for years. Even after the shooting incident, he was involved in other shootings and general unruliness. He’s currently playing very well for the Bengals on a 3 year deal.

The point? Well, Aldon still holds all the chips in his future. If he gets his shit together, he can reap tons of money and gain possible HOF status if he keeps rolling the way he has played. Keep screwing up and he still will likely play for a lot of money, if not go through the machinations of jail, suspensions, fines, and other bullshit. Like I said, I hope he straightens himself out before he kills himself or someone else, or simply pisses his career away.

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46 Responses to Aldon Smith Back With the 49ers (With UPDATE!!!)

  1. Nipper says:

    A guy has to have his guns so he can shoot in the air hopefully. It’s an attention getter at unruly parties. What a life!

  2. Man. Such a serious topic on Halloween. I bet you’re the guy giving out rocks to Charlie Brown all the time. Nipper, do you even need a costume for Halloween? I bet you’re good to go as is.

  3. With it being Halloween, I actually forgot there’s a game tonight: Bengals @ Dolphins.
    If the NFL really wanted to scare the pants off of every one they’d make Jacksonville play Tampa Bay on Halloween. That would be outright scary to watch.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, the last few TNF and MNF games have been duds. Giants/Bucs was a stinkeroonie. Seahawks/Rams was a snoozer as well. They didn’t even show the 49er game in LA last weekend. Pisser.

  5. NoFear49er says:

    Aldon’s party sounds just like East San Jose forty years ago. Same locale, same shit.

    I’m not so sure Aldon’s going to skate on all this. He might get a prosecutor and judge like Plaxico got, too.

    You’re absolutely right about nobody giving a shit as long as he’s good at playing football and might help a team win a game.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    In other news, Marlon Moore was released, seemingly to make room for the return of Mario Manningham. It was very curious to me that Moore had a great camp, performed well in preseason, yet got little to no chances in an offense that was getting no production from the WRs.

    Chalk this up to not seeing practices? Frankly I don’t get it. KW has done little to nothing, as did Patton before he got hurt.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Well, well. Aldon Smith was just activated from the non-football injury list by the 49ers. He’s now cleared to play.

    New York City’s onerous gun laws came into play for poor Plaxico, NoFear. There’s nothing quite as draconian in play here.

    He still has 2 court dates to get through, and the NFL’s ruling. Time served?

  8. rtfirefly says:

    When was the last time a team won a sudden death on a SAFETY!!???

  9. Nipper says:

    It’s finally November 1st. Smith is back and the Niners are really getting serious about winning.

  10. No Niner game this Sunday. What the hell you guys gonna do? If the words, “spend,” “time,” and “wife” are in your answer, STFU. Come on over to my humble abode. It’s not much. Just me and my cat. But I’ll take ya down the street to the Antler’s and we can laugh at the fact that Gino Torretta won the goddamn Heisman Trophy. We can laugh straight into his brothers Geoff’s face. He owns the place and tends bar on occasion. Geoff and I went to Salesian High School together.

    I know I’ve mention this tale a time or two or twenty times before, but it needs to be told again:
    Geoff was the best Torretta QB and it was even close. Geoff was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. “G-Off” as he was affectionately called had to sit behind Vinny Testaverde at the U.

    So now? All G-Off hears is, “Bartender, get me another Bud.”

    I love the guy. But it’s just another example of how life is so cruel and stinks on ice.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Tell that to Cooper Manning. Best athlete in the family if you believe them.

  12. Nipper says:

    Hey is it time to turn back the clocks yet? Damn I just busted my cheap Timex watch trying to do just that! ……BLEEP!

  13. snarkk says:

    Well said thread, Chuck. Don’t the legal proceedings have to be resolved or at least proceed some more before Goodell comes down with whatever hammer he brings? If anything near that is the case, I would think Aldon will suffer any suspension at the beginning of next season. Niners probably already know what’s going to happen…

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, that’s the sense I’m getting, Snarkk. I think he can avoid anything more if he calms himself down and keeps his nose clean for a while. Thanks.

  15. NoFear49er says:

    So much for any hard lines on folks owning a closetful of ‘illegal assault weapons’ around here. …and justice for all.

    • 12th man says:

      Guy went off at LAX yesterday with an “assault rifle”, cue the control mob and CA politicians cries to restrict ownership further any way possible. Gotta love hysteria based on illogical argument.
      In related news, I think Aldon will likely walk with a slap on the wrist this time, just hope he wised up in rehab.
      More importantly here’s hoping his head is back in the game for the stretch run at the SB.

      KW is a big disappointment for me. He had good promise working the slot but just has not taken the next step despite his best opportunity numbers wise since he signed here. Clock is ticking. Manningham is back soon and Crabs should be back for the playoffs, question is at what level of play?

      Lots of chatter about Tank and Dial. Not sure what they will get from rookies who have never played a down in the NFL but fan expectation is high. D line could use the help though, Smith is not what he was in 2011, revolving door NT and Big Mac is carrying an injury all year.

      A bit surprised to see LB Stupar released but that is the Niners reality now, a loaded roster means talent will have to be cut.

      Read on other blogs how x team is already in the playoffs and y team needs to order DirecTV for January…really? Certainly there are some obvious teams out of the running, but for those teams that got off to a hot start there are plenty of examples of fading out of contention and teams that are so so right now can get hot and blow the doors off. Still need to play the games right?

      Talking of fading teams, are the Squawks dominating still? Race to the division title has a long way to go.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    The Hawks are beat up right now. But they are winning, On the road. Barely. They have an easy schedule here on out, so the Niners need to keep pace for any shot at the NFC West. The Niners road is much tougher even before they face Seattle. The Hawks big advantage is they have NO at home while the 49ers play them in NO. Always a tough building to play in.

    • 12th man says:

      All you say is true Chuck. I guess my point is, if how it looks on paper were enough it’s over already. Upsets happen week after week. Squawks have been a shadow of their earlier selves all 3 phases. Easily could have lost 3.
      As I wrote earlier, a lot to play for. Right now Niners are playing better football and the squad is getting healthy. One gameis made up any given Sunday so keep the faith!

  17. NJ49er says:

    What sunk Plaxico NoFear49er was the rigid gun laws in NYC.
    Zero Tolerance for concealed/unregistered handguns.

    Aldon was stabbed at his venue, (something that a good Lawyer can use to his advantage) for taking action to disband the unruly mob.
    Unless a video surfaces that shows Aldon and Delanie firing shots, I think it’s all heresay.

    I’m of the belief that, guys like Leonard Little and Donte’ Stallworth, should each have been incarcerated for their own situations and, ultimatley walked with nary more than a slap on the wallet.
    In both cases, people died.

    Sure, things have changed in recent years but, IMO, NFL players get a special set of rules applied.
    Take the Lawrence Taylor example and apply it to Aldon.
    Until his play diminshed, LT was damn near untouchable.

    I think the same will apply to Aldon.

    • 12th man says:

      Yeah most likely so. Whats up NJ, long time no chat.

      • NJ49er says:

        Hey 12th, All good out here on the other Coast.
        How’s things with you?

      • NJ49er says:

        Looking forward to Atlanta beating up the Panthers tomorrow.
        Hope it’s an OT game that wears Cam out.
        Any extra help we can get is fine by me.

        Falcons are on life support right now. Nothing better than a good Division game to get everyone dialed in.

      • 12th man says:

        Falcons could generate a spark, even the Giants are turning it around somewhat.

  18. 12th man says:

    Going OK all things considered thx NJ. My older daughters flights were delayed from LAX for 3 hours yesterday because of that idiot but the girls made it to London OK with a dramatic story to impress their friends with.

    I like the look of the team even allowing for strength of opposition.

    • NJ49er says:

      Glad another idiot with a few screws loose didn’t impact your family 12th.
      Too many of these clowns roaming our society it seems.
      Can’t take anything for granted anymore, even in an airport.

      I agree, getting the Team healthy at the midway point is a real plus.
      Next 4 games are important to our stretch run.
      All vs the NFC, all could make or break our attempt to have the Seattle rematch mean something to our chances of claiming the West.

      Let’s hope Aldon, Mario and maybe even Wright, can give us a needed shot in the arm.
      Looking forward to contributions from Tank and QDial as well.

      • NJ49er says:

        Also, gonna be interesting to see what occurs in Denver now that John Fox is being sidelined.
        Del Rio at the helm?

  19. NoFear49er says:

    Yes, I know, NJ49er, California isn’t a lot different these days. His semi-auto rifles are illegal there.

    It’s just baffling to me how people make exceptions to what last week they were red-in-the-face livid about, banning anything faster loading than a rusty blunderbuss, and locking up every “wacko” who owned any such weapon or even wanted to protect the rights of others to own one.

    Responsible gun owners they want to crucify but star athletes owning their described and despised “assault weapons” along with “a cache of other weapons and ammo” drunk on top of a roof shooting them off carelessly and they hope he gets off. And these looney toons vote. No wonder we got Barry the Great.

    • NJ49er says:

      Sure is a double standard NoFear49er.
      I don’t own a handgun but, I’d prefer the right to do so, should I ever have a change of heart.
      Hard to know what any of us would do under the ‘wrong circumstances’.

      Had a very good friend in HS whose older Brother came home from Nam with a horrendous case of War Dimentia.
      He later became unemployable and suffered tremendously because of the horrors he encountered there.

      Safe to say, anyone is subject to life altering situations.
      Physical wounds are easy to see.
      Mental disorders are another problem entirely.

      • NJ49er says:

        And yes, I understatnd that the weapons in Aldons’ posssession aren’t legal in CA.
        What the Courts decision might be? I have no clue.
        Confiscation? Fine? Jail time?

        Guess we’ll get those answers in short order.

        As so many Pro athletes have brought forth, their need to protect themselves, why not just get everything legalized?
        Proper permits, license to carry etc.

        I’m with you, nothing good happens when those types of weapons are laying around the house when booze and other extra cirricular substances are flowing about.
        Recipe for disaster.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Well, at some point the idea of 5 guns in every garage would seem to be a bit too much. What I don’t get is the fact that the country has spent billions on wars around terrorism over 3,500 deaths on US soil. All this NSA bullshit is directly related to the Patriot Act and the fact that the US gov’t GAVE the NSA carte Blanche to do what they are doing. While ten times that amount die every year in shootings. Auto fatalities have gone down due to safer cars. Tobacco related deaths have gone down due to education and stricter rules around selling tobacco. Same with alcohol related deaths.

    Why are firearms complexly off limits to any kind of reform or change? Or even discussion.

    • 12th man says:

      Gun deaths are down 39% from their highest point in 1993. That’s according to the DOJ itself, yet gun sales are at or near record highs depending on the type of weapon.

      All people are horrified by these ill people shooting at mass targets and especially school kids. Should we as a society legislate against law abbiding citizens rights of ownership based on this extremely tiny fraction of the populaces actions, despite their mental illness and even if your rational is yes we should, what can be done about the millions of weapons already out there?

      Jokes were made about banning box cutters after that crazy kid killed his teacher. It does illustrate the point that killing is by many means.

      “assault rifles” will again bear the brunt of the hue and cry for control even though statistically they are insignificant in terms of a percentage of deaths each year, but they grab a disproportionate amount of headlines.

      The fact is the idiot could have done just as much damage with a perfectly legal 10 round magazine 45 handgun, arguably a better choice of weapon for his intended crime.

      So what can be done?

      For me it starts and stops with tagging of mentally ill people. Rather than create registeries, I would add something to the drivers licences of those ill people and the parents of where those people live banning them from buying or keeping any guns. I would also require background checks across the board. I would not be in favor of any type of registery as it targets innocent and law abiding people.

      Outside of that the truth is nothing can be done that will make a difference. The stupid laws on the books in CA have not made any difference whatsoever, a predictable outcome.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Well, that certainly is a start. Making sure guys like the ex-military guy who had access to anything he wanted (and had a loooong paper trail of mental instability) gets checked out before being allowed to buy weapons would help. Sure, just about anyone can get a gun. But there are enough people legally buying guns who have an established history of mental illness that could have been stopped with cursory checks to their background.

    12th, you open this by saying gun deaths are down 39% and then say the CA laws are ineffective. Those two statements may not be mutually exclusive. Other states have put forth similar measures. Who’s to say those aren’t working?

    • 12th man says:

      Gun deaths in CA have not fallen by more than the national average, ergo the laws are statistically not working. Further evidence of draconian control laws not working, Chicago, Washington DC etc,. The laws they chose to enact to reduce gun deaths simply have not worked.
      The rest of America that did nothing to reduce gun ownership have statistically the same reduction of deaths.

      Maybe more liberal carry laws works?

      • unca_chuck says:

        If that was true, then gun violence and gun deaths in AZ would be down. They are up. They are over the national average in both categories. States like Louisiana, AZ, and Alabama have weak gun laws and much higher levels of gun violence.

        To what do you attribute the drop in CA gun violence? Or the drop across the nation? Certainly states that have relaxed gun carry laws aren’t seeing benefits.

      • 12th man says:

        I think we can agree, there are lies, damned lies and statistics so we each can use these to bolster an argument.

        If less guns is the driving factor for why gun deaths occur then DC should have negligible gun death. It has the lowest rate of legal gun ownership in the US at 3.6% yet the highest rate of gun deaths at 21.8 per 100,000 people. It is the only place in America that even has double digit rates per 100,000.

        For comparison wyoming has the highest rate of legal gun ownership at 59.7% with gun deaths at 1.4 per 100,000

        Legal gun ownership is clearly not the driver of gun death.

      • 12th man says:

        Arizona 31.1/3.6 gun ownership/gun death per capita
        Alabama 51.7/2.8
        DC 3.6/16.5 (corrected)
        Louisiana 44.1/7.7
        NY 18%/2.8
        NJ 12.3/2.7
        Wyoming 59.7/.09 (corrected)

        Lots of legal guns = less gun death per capita

        This is a simplistic argument I’m making as many factors are necessary to conclude why some places have higher gun death rates, the biggest of which is large metropolitan areas with the highest illegal gun owership rates (gangs).

        The truth is that the only answer to a bad man with a gun is a good guy with a gun (cops for instance) or everybody dies. The bigger truth is the authorities don’t want the general public to be on an equal footing in terms of self defense as it threatens their control and that is really why the push is for evermore restrictive laws that statistically do nothing to lower gun death as legal gun ownership is not generally the cause of gun death except in these extraodinary mental illness cases.

        If laws are needed then I believe the mentally ill and those they live with are to be targeted not an “all of the above” approach that removes all citizens rights and effectively gives even more power to our power crazed governments. The NSA is the tip of the iceberg. Don’t be too eager to keep giving rights away, especially on a false premise, as rights you may hold dear may be next.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    The point being, doing nothing should not be an option. We know what is happening now and there are too many unstable people with weapons.

    There’s a new thread up, BTW.

  23. NoFear49er says:

    LMFAO! Too many drunks, convicted DUIers and unstable wackos driving deadly weapons. Not much outcry there. Nobody talking about outlawing motor vehicles.

    Unstable wackos don’t worry too much about their weapons being of the legal and approved type.

    Most anti-gunners want nothing less than confiscation and a total ban on guns. Except for their body guards and pro athletes I guess.

    Aldon Smith personifies all they object to yet no one is hoping he’s subjected to the penalties of the laws already on the books. Funny as hell, isn’t it?

    By the way, one can’t get more gun-rights restrictive than prison. Somehow, they seem to find a way to create weapons there. To quote my old buddy, Hognose, “If a comb in the wrong hands is a weapon, maybe the problem is not the comb.”

    (Commenting on the news article:)

    MyFoxDetroit.com reported that Pearson escaped from a holding cell at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice after stabbing 63-year-old sherriff’s deputy Harrison Tolliver three times in the neck with an improvised knife. Pearson then took the deputy’s uniform, cell phone, and radio and escaped out the back door before carjacking a van. The vehicle was found abandoned blocks away from the courthouse on Detroit’s east side.

    The improvised knife was a sharpened comb, a staple of convict armament.

  24. 12th man says:

    Interesting chat on a slow football day, thanks guys.

  25. unca_chuck says:

    Gee, NoFear. Do you need to register to get a drivers license? Are there background checks for mental stability for that? Medical history? Uh, yeah. So what’s your point again? Do multiple DUI offenders go to jail? Well, unless you are a celeb/politician/athlete, yes.

    As usual you paint any kind of change as ‘they want to take our freedom!’ Beyond the fact that the constitution allows for a well-armed militia, not personal gun ownership.

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