The San Francisco 49ers Aldon Smith leaving team to resolve personal matter
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Aldon Smith is leaving the team to resolve a personal issue as on Friday morning; he was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated. The San Francisco 49ers will play without Smith.
On Sunday, Smith played in the team’s 27-7 home loss to Indianapolis. After that he apologized to the team and according to the CEO Jed York, the linebacker was leaving the team for an unspecified period of time. Smith is checking into a treatment center, it is reported. There is no limited time and Smith can be on the non-injury list said an NFL spokesman. Smith is expected to be away from the team for about a month according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter report.
In a statement released by the team, Smith said, “I am taking a leave of absence to address my health. I am sorry that I have affected my team, my family and the organization. I will do everything in my power to handle this situation the best way possible. I appreciate the support of the 49ers and our fans. I also wanted to let everybody know that once again I’m sorry”.
The 49ers will go to London after playing at Tennessee on 20th of October then have their bye week after playing the Jaguars. The union is working with Smith so that he gets the required help, said an NFLPA source.
They will stand by Smith during this time, said York and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. He also said that Dan Skuta, Ahmad Brooks and Corey Lemonier will help fill the empty space left by Smith, who had a franchise-best 19.5 sacks last season. “I have confidence in those guys and know they’ll do a good job. Go with the guys we’ve got”.
In a statement released on Monday, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said, “Aldon Smith is taking a leave of absence to address a personal matter. The 49ers organization both respects and supports Aldon’s decision and commends him for taking responsibility for his actions. The long-term well-being of our players is paramount and we will stand by Aldon as he works toward addressing this issue. Due to the private nature of the matter, we will have no further comment”.
Under NFL rules, the team can choose to pay or not to pay Smith, who makes about $99,000 a week. Smith, who turned 24 this year, had a franchise-record 19 1/2 sacks last season.
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