49ers LB Aldon Smith Arrested For Bomb Threat
In a year filled with bizarre storylines, the latest incident involving San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith certainly nears the top of the list. The troubled linebacker was detained at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) yesterday for allegedly saying that he was in possession of a bomb. He was released after posting a $20,000 bail, and he was charged with making a false bomb threat.
“At approximately 1400 hrs, a 24 year-old Aldon Jacarus Ramon Smith, a resident of San Jose, California, was going through Terminal 1 screening where he made a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb,” the police said in a statement. “Los Angeles Airport Police made contact with him in the gate area where he became uncooperative. After conducting their investigation, LA Airport Police took suspect into custody and transported him to LAPD-Pacific division where he was booked for California Penal Code 148.1(a) - False report of a bomb threat.”
It must also be noted that LAX authorities observed that Smith may have been drinking alcohol prior to the incident, and considering that he was being treated for substance-abuse issues last year, it certainly won’t help his case when the 49ers and NFL review his case. Although, security that “it was not an issue that would affect the detention or the arrest.”
“We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith,” 49ers GM Trent Baalke said in a statement. “As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”
The 49ers now have until May 3 to decide on whether or not to pick up the fifth-year option for Smith. Despite his immense talent and potential, his off-the-field troubles will only be tolerated for so long. Don’t be surprised if the organization decides not to pick it up.