Aldon Smith arrested on false bomb report charge


Aldon Smith is making the wrong kind of news again. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)

San Francisco 49ers linebacker/defensive end Aldon Smith was released from jail on $20,000 bond after his arrest Sunday for a false bomb report at Los Angeles International Airport.

He was booked on one count Sunday afternoon, according to a Los Angeles Police Department official, for the crime, which can draw a punishment of up to one year in prison. The incident occurred when Smith was going through TSA screening and was randomly chosen for a secondary screening. He became belligerent, according to LA World Airports public information officer Karla Ortiz, and said he had a bomb before going toward the gate area. Police arrested him at the gate and he became uncooperative, with his outburst caught on video by a number of other passengers. (TMZ Sports has one video here.)

“We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith,” General Manager Trent Baalke said in a statement issued by the team. “As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”

This is Smith’s latest off-the-field incident as the talented player tests management’s patience yet again. In November, Smith pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon after an incident at a party at his house in 2012. After his second arrest for drunken driving, he missed five games last fall while undergoing treatment for alcohol abuse. He is facing charges for both arrests. Although he was not suspended last season after the drunken-driving arrest, that could change with this latest incident.

Meanwhile, the 49ers face a larger question about his future. They have until May 3 to exercise the fifth-year option (worth $9.75 million in 2015) on Smith’s rookie contract, which will expire after the 2014 season.

(Courtesy Pro Football Focus)
(Courtesy Pro Football Focus)
After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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