Lots of people are dumping on Aldon Smith right now, saying he’s a bad guy and the Niners need to dump him. Maybe that’s true and maybe that’s what will happen. But be cautious. We know very little about what he did and said at LAX today.

As far as I know he’s not been arrested. Has he?

I’m reading he said he had a bomb. Is that a fact? Did he literally say “I have a bomb?” Or did he say something else? I don’t know. Do you?

I literally do not know what went down. It’s important not to rush to judgment. Be cautious until we learn more.

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  1. B-Rad

    I had been thinking for awhile that I wish you would write something
    about football again, but now I’m sorry I was thinking that.

    April 13th, 2014 6:05 pm

  2. htwaits

    Also it would help to know if the agent involved was a native English speaker, and how clear Aldon is as a speaker. That’s the sort of information that would be important in a trial about whether Aldon actually claimed to have a bomb, or just used the word bomb in a misunderstood statement.

    April 13th, 2014 6:34 pm

  3. htwaits

    Let’s hope he wasn’t under the influence of any substance frowned upon by the legal system.

    April 13th, 2014 6:36 pm

  4. MRO

    Agree, we should wait for some facts here. But let’s assume he did what he’s alleged to have done. Will SF fans condemn him like they condemned Richard Sherman after the NFC Championship game? I won’t hold my breath.

    April 13th, 2014 6:44 pm

  5. Stan

    He was arrested. Grant said detained..but TMZ has a photo titled “arrested”,and with his hands behind his back.
    Of course he didn’t have a bomb. Of course he was drunk in the morning again.
    What can the 49ers do? Most of what the dummy did only hurt himself. He didn’t torture animals with a laugh,and he didn’t rape a woman. He didn’t even drop off a woman who passed out on him at a hospital. The drunk driving is serious to you and me..but as he ever been convicted of that?

    April 13th, 2014 7:04 pm

  6. chris

    according to ESPN he was arrested for making a false bomb report. And its been reported he was drunk…….I guess the 49ers didnt really “fix” his drinking problem during the 5 week absence last year that they (Jed and Harbaugh) said was going to happen….. those two sure are naïve.

    April 13th, 2014 7:11 pm

  7. Johnc

    When I worked for Untied Air Lines many moons ago in my “yout”, you were not allowed to say the word “bomb” (even in jest) at an airport or you could be subject to arrest.

    April 13th, 2014 8:37 pm

  8. Bob In Portland

    Sure, we wait. Aldon is a troubled man, though, and it might be a good idea to see what pass rushers are available in the draft.

    April 13th, 2014 9:46 pm

  9. MJ


    Basically my assumption of what happened.

    He probably, after being told he was to be screened a second time said something under his breath like “does it look like i have a bomb” or something of that nature, even in jest…and of course all they hear is “bomb” and its go time.

    The drinking part doesn’t help matters but I could see how someone who had been drinking might be easily agitated which is why there are reports that at both the security check point and again later at the gate he was quick to confront those questioning him and was also “uncooperative”, whatever that really means.

    This is getting to be a ridiculous pattern with him and with his contract coming up, if he resigns with the 49ers they must include a clause that requires him to have a handler of sorts, take steps to curb his “addictions”, and if he has further incidents, no matter how minimal, the 49ers do have outs.

    Aldon, Crabtree, Culliver, and Kaep…guys letting money and fame get to them, strange we never hear about these issues with Patrick, Justin, Anquan or Alex.

    April 13th, 2014 10:47 pm

  10. Steve the cat rescuer

    Look at the bright side: only 11% of the Niners have been arrested in the last year, not including pending investigations or former team members.

    April 13th, 2014 11:32 pm

  11. The Seth

    You essentially have no rights in airports here in the US. You are simply a criminal waiting to be apprehended on any suspicion of guilt.

    I agree with you MJ, that’s the same thing I was thinking. Just the mere mention of the word “bomb” in any context will get you arrested at the airport.

    April 14th, 2014 12:26 am

  12. kg

    I never heard exactly what Rehab Facility Aldon Smith attended for 5 weeks last year, did anyone else?!

    I’m in the court of belief that Aldon went home to St. Louis for 5 weeks, and his Mama put the fear of Gawd in him, if he didn’t straighten up, & fly right…

    The whole ordeal with the 49er organization, & how the Aldon Smith matter was handled was very bad, imho.

    April 14th, 2014 3:53 am

  13. Streetglide

    And maybe he said something along the lines of “do I look like I have a bomb?”

    Bottom line though is the Niners are in a moral and morale freefall. I don’t know how they fix it, but it seems like there is a disconnect in drafting strategy. Maybe draft the second-best player with the best mental makeup. Or something like that…

    April 14th, 2014 6:50 am

  14. chris

    wow just heard on 97.5 the game from a woman who was standing behind Aldon Smith at the airport. She said he was causing trouble way before he reached TSA and was arrested. And the quote she heard him say was “I am the bomb”.

    April 14th, 2014 8:28 am

  15. Streetglide

    Obviously plastered…

    April 14th, 2014 9:01 am

  16. Dan

    Why is TMZ the breaking news source for the 49ers?

    April 14th, 2014 9:21 am

  17. Dennis

    The drunk part is the most troubling part. That is not a very good sign, if it is true.

    April 14th, 2014 11:08 am

  18. PhD

    Yea, be cautious before you attribute the exact level of stupidity to his actions.

    April 14th, 2014 12:07 pm

  19. Dr. Feelgood

    Misguided attempts at humor have lead to much grief in my life. Comic success is beyond me, and perhaps beyond Aldon Smith.
    I’m guessing his bomb comment was a sarcastic reaction to being called out for the secondary security screening; something like “oh yeah, better check me cause I’ve got a bomb in my suitcase, ha ha”.
    Not excusing him for any of the previous missteps, this event could happen to anyone, and has.
    Still, this man could use a second helping of common sense.

    April 14th, 2014 12:56 pm

  20. Brett

    Who’s next? I put my money on a DB. I actually gave it some thought. I do believe it is going to be a Defensive Back.

    Sorry but I have to put some humor into this. If I don’t I will either cry or throw-up. Maybe both.

    April 14th, 2014 1:16 pm

  21. Stan

    Back around 2010 when I was doing my Lincecum expose about weight loss,I also around that time wrote that I thought Jamarcus Russell needed a life coach,etc. And then,a few months later I read the Raiders just hired one for Russell- they took my advice!.
    Live with him,go with him,help him. And Lowell,I think it was the life coach’s reports that convinced Al Davis to cut Russell. Russell had no interest in changing but lip talk. He had the money,he was the starter,and so why stop getting stoned?. And I read that the life coach wasn’t happy that Russell would skip ota’s to go to Vegas and gamble away huge sums of money.
    And that’s why when I just heard a local sports guy suggest that type of coach for Smith,I say great if he wants help..but you cant help anybody who doesn’t want to change.
    Smith has the money,is the starter, likes being..and that’s the way that goes sometimes.

    April 14th, 2014 7:04 pm

  22. Dave T

    Innocent until proven guilty. Like it or not, that is still how our legal system works here in this country. So yes, until everything shakes out and all of the facts are brought out, Mr. Smith is still innocent in this case. What is troubling to me are aspects that surround this as a whole. The reports of alcohol being involved again (did he drive to the airport or was he dropped off?) and the argument that he, or any other athlete, because he is a top talent, in essence gets a free pass, because “He can help us win.” That has to stop, plain and simple, it has to stop. Athletes are not above the law and let’s face it, they (along with various other celebrities) more often than not get a slap on the proverbial wrist as opposed to any kind of true justice for their “transgressions”. Shameful, simply shameful.
    Here is hoping for two things in this case going forward: 1. The FortyNiners and the NFL take a hard stance on the issue and take steps to address this case as well as set a tone to help eradicate such issues from the NFL. 2. That Aldon Smith the man, the person, the human, understands that he needs and obtains the help to get better and to heal to live a productive life. Off the field as well as on.

    April 16th, 2014 1:45 pm

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