Anything can happen on any given Sunday.
After yesterday’s lost to the Indianapolis Colts, it was announced by 49ers CEO Jed York that linebacker Aldon Smith will be miss Thursday night’s game against the Rams and will be out indefinitely to enter a rehab center. This sudden leave of absence stems from a Friday arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession that caused his truck to hit a tree.
On Sunday after the game, Smith didn’t talk about the arrest specifically but alluded to it by apologizing and acknowledging that he will be seeking help.
“First off, I wanted to apologize to the team, the organization, my family and everybody I let down,” he said. “I also wanted to let it be known that this is a problem and it’s something that I will get fixed, and that I’ll do everything in my power to make sure that this never happens again.
“I also wanted to let everybody know that once again I’m sorry.”
York continued to say, “Our opinion is if you’re sitting someone down and paying them to sit down when they’re going to seek treatment in the future, we didn’t feel like that was an appropriate punishment. We’re not trying to circumvent what the NFL will do. This is about making sure that Aldon has the opportunity to work on something, to get better, and he knows that he has our support and hopefully he has everybody’s support in something that is going to be very difficult.”
During a post-game show last night on the NFL Network, analyst and Hall of Famer Deion Sanders said so many times these athletes “deal with public celebrations and private struggles” and I believe that is the best way to sum this up. I applaud the 49ers organization for standing by Smith as he deals with this. I believe this is a different approach from what most teams probably would have done. We’re so used to seeing organizations assessing a fine, suspending the player for a number of games, or cutting them from the team calling it “conduct detrimental to the team”. I just hope he is entering a treatment facility where he can get some real help.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,