Tugging on Superman’s cape. Spitting into the wind. And making any sort of “bomb” reference in the middle of an airport, let alone one of the world’s busiest. San Francisco 49ers all-world linebacker Aldon Smith is reportedly guilty of the last offense and now out of $20,000 (and counting) as a result.
Smith was taken into custody Sunday afternoon after “making a false bomb threat” at LAX. He was released Monday on $20,000 bail. The crime carries a worst case scenario of one year in prison.
For now, however, the controversial element of the case revolves around whether or not Smith was under the influence of alcohol. Smith’s BAC has no bearing on this case, but is of explicit importance to the 49ers who were without Aldon’s services for a good chunk of last season.
49ers general manager Trent Baalke released a statement through a team spokesman.
“We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith,” Baalke said in the statement. “As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”
The 2011 first round pick had a well-documented stint in rehab and still has charges pending from his second DUI arrest. Couple that with weapons charges stemming from guns being found at his home last summer during a house party resulting with Smith being stabbed and suddenly there’s a rap sheet of bad publicity attached to his name.
What this means for Smith heading into next season is so. His latest blunder give the Niners more to think about in terms of picking up his fifth-year option. Pending they don’t, and Aldon remains out of trouble (easier said than done at this point) while producing his normal numbers next season, he’s looking at a rather significant payday about 11 months from now.