Well, news has slowed to a trickle these days regarding the 49ers, and the NFL in general, so let’s revisit the police blotter. Aldon Smith is scheduled to reappear in court for his three felony weapons charges and the misdemeanor DUI charge on Wednesday. Due to the two continuances already done, one would think that the lawyers are plea-bargaining their way to lesser charges all around. I’m sure they will remove the felony charges as they have to prove that Aldon knew he was intentionally buying illegal weapons. Hard to prove intent and foreknowledge when you just say ‘I thought they were cool, so I bought them.’
As far as the DUI goes, unless something comes out like he was drunk at the time of his arrest for the bomb threat deal, something alluded to but not tested for or noted in LAX, he should be fine with time served, and the voluntary 5 game suspension last year. As far as that airport thing goes, which Smith denies using the word ‘bomb,’ the LA city attorney’s office has yet to file any charges themselves. Whether LA is waiting for the other shit to be resolved first remains to be seen.
Smith, for his part, is in camp and working with the team. He’s saying some version of the truth will come out and paint a picture that isn’t as bad as it appears. I’d think there would be some action taken by the NFL, but I think it’ll be 2-4 games instead of 4-6. Possibly even no suspension and community service, but I’d say 4 games max, 2 likely. FOr his part, Jolly Roger said “The issue here is not to discipline players. The issue here is to stop the behavior. And aldon, to your point, has voluntarily said, ‘I need help.’ We are obviously there to support him and the 49ers did a great job getting him into a facility to try to get that help. And so, we all support that.” Not that I know the first thing about him, but everyone who has talked to him, whether inside the team or outside, including Ronnie Lott, have said he’s a good kid who simply got overwhelmed by the vagaries of fame and money. He’s not a (his words) thug or a bad guy. Just a hard-working guy who got caught up in the hysteria.
Kappy and Miami Vice? Nothing new from that. The charges should likely be dropped entirely as nothing new has come from Jesus or the others involved. The talk around Kappy Kapperson now is the fact that the Niners are still pushing to get a deal done with him before training camp starts July 27th. The numbers bandied about are truly scary, and he seems to want Flacco money ($20 mill per year) despite losing to Flacco in the Super Bowl, and coming up short with a truly shitty 4th quarter vs Seattle. I think something like 5/$100 mill – $40 mill guaranteed is inevitable. They’ll likely get it done early July.
As far as Grand Theft Auto’s newest NFL tie-in star Chris Culliver, and his five charges goes (felony hit and run, felony reckless driving with injury, felony possession of brass knuckles, misdemeanor hit and run and misdemeanor driving on a suspended license), I’m sure this will all be settled out of court (cha-ching!!) and the charges dropped. At most, community service and anger management classes.
In other news that tangentally affects the 49ers, Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall has signed a 3 year $30 million extension. Thus setting a hard ceiling for Michael Crabtree. For all the money Crabs thinks he’s worth, there’s no way he’s better than Marshall Marshall Marshall. These contract talks with Crabs look to be very interesting depending on how well he does this season. I think he’s a goner anyway, but what the Niners did in the draft don’t make me think they feel that way. But based on his original contract dealings, I see some animosity on the horizon.