Former NFL player Aldon Smith, who had been sought by San Francisco police since they responded to a domestic violence report Saturday, turned himself in Tuesday. According to local reports, the troubled 28-year-old was booked on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, false imprisonment and vandalism.
The SFPD confirmed to The Washington Post that Smith surrendered himself into the custody of its Special Victims Unit on Tuesday morning “without incident,” but provided few other details. Bail was set at $30,000 and Smith was remanded to San Francisco County jail, but he bailed himself out later on Tuesday (per KGO).
He was released by the Oakland Raiders on Monday, following a plea Sunday from the SFPD for help in finding the former first-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers. The Raiders picked up Smith before the 2015 season, after he was waived by the 49ers following an arrest for hit and run, DUI and vandalism.
Smith has not played in the NFL since November 2015, when he was given a one-year suspension that became indefinite after the league declined his petition for reinstatement the following year. Smith’s career, in which made a major immediate impact as a pass-rusher, became marked by numerous arrests and suspensions for violations of the NFL’s personal conduct and substance abuse policies.
The SFPD had said Smith’s fiancee called 911 Saturday evening, claiming that he “threw her around the room,” bit her on the wrists and drank two bottles of tequila. She told police that he climbed out of a window and fled before officers arrived, and she was said to have suffered “non-life-threatening injuries.”
TMZ Sports reported Monday that Smith’s fiancee told the website he asked her parents to take him to a rehabilitation facility. She added that she was “scared for his life with his addiction,” and that she wished “the best for Aldon” and hoped he “gets the help he truly needs.”
“I’m worried for his safety,” a source described as close to Smith told TMZ Sports. “He’s an alcoholic. It’s not about football anymore. We’re hoping this is rock bottom for him.”
Former Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio took issue with the NFL’s policy that suspended players cannot have contact with their teams until they are reinstated, saying on Twitter, “Never liked ‘league rules’ that eliminate the ability of teams to offer Aldon and others in his situation the structure they so desperately need.”
On Sunday evening, while he was on the run from police, Smith posted a photo of a small stretch of pavement to his Instagram account, saying in a caption that “you all are wrong.”
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