Posted on Jan 21, 2016

San Francisco 49ers player, Aldon Smith, was dropped from the team after being arrested for DUI, hit-and-run, and vandalism on Thursday. The football star allegedly struck a parked car while parking, damaged the same car with his door, and then left his vehicle. Police officers were called to the scene and later arrested Smith following a field sobriety test. He was booked into the Santa Clara County jail and released the next day on $26,000 bond.  Upon being released from jail, Smith stated “I want everyone to understand this wasn’t a DUI, the situation that happened could have been handled differently”.This is not the linebackers’ first run-in with the police. In January 2012, Smith was arrested for suspicion of DUI which was later reduced to reckless driving. Also, the following year he was arrested and charged with DUI following a car accident in which his truck hit a tree. This time around, the 49ers decided to release Smith from the team after he supposedly refused to take responsibility for his actions. Despite being dismissed, Smith is receiving plenty of support from the team. 49ers coach, Jim Tomsula, spoke at a news conference stating “although Aldon will not be playing football here, we will be supporting him. He will not be alone.”The newly free agent played for the 49ers for four years and helped them make it to the 2013 Super Bowl. He was voted the San Francisco 49ers MVP in 2012 and was also voted the seventh best player in the league on the NFL Networks Top 100 players of 2013. Despite his accomplishments, Smith has not played a full 16-game season since 2012 due to his legal issues, including a nine game suspension in 2014.

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