49ers’ Aldon Smith Facing Felony Weapon Charges
By Allen Kim
Rehab is the least of San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith’s worries. The Santa Clara County District Attorney has charged Smith with three felony weapons assault charges, which resulted from a party Smith threw at his home — a party in which Smith was stabbed, multiple weapons were fired and two guests were shot — in June of last year. The two guests that were shot have filed civil lawsuits against Smith.
The team released a statement regarding the recent charges: "The 49ers organization is aware of the recent developments with Aldon arising from an incident at his home in 2012. We recognize the serious nature of this situation, as does Aldon, and will continue to monitor it closely. As this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment."
The weapons in question were purportedly purchased in Arizona back in 2011, and according to NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit, “ammunition, magazines, and five rifles including — an Armalite AR10-T .308 caliber rifle, a Bushmaster ACR rifle chambered for 5.56mm NATO and a Bushmaster Carbon-15 .223 caliber — were found in Smith's home by Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputies following the June 29 party. Prosecutors said none of the weapons were registered with the California Department of Justice.”
“California’s prohibition of these powerful weapons is not about hunting or target practice," District Attorney Jeff Rosen said. "It is about interrupting the long history of death, carnage and grief assault weapons have inflicted on California communities.”
Smith is facing anywhere from probation to over four years in prison if convicted on charges. Whether or not he actually gets any jail time, he’ll most certainly have to face the wrath of Commissioner Roger Goodell.
This is just another black eye for the NFL in a year that has seen an alarming number of arrest and criminal charges.