49ers Wide Receiver Aldon Smith Released After Latest Arrest
49ers’ Aldon Smith Released After Latest Arrest
More than missing one of the game’s most menacing pass rushers, the San Francisco 49ers care that Aldon Smith can carry on with a healthy life off the field over the long haul.
With or without football.
Smith received second chance after second chance with the Niners before they finally had enough following his fifth run-in with the law. The franchise parted ways with the troubled but talented linebacker Friday after Santa Clara police accused him of drunken driving, hit and run and vandalism.
It’s a tough blow for a team that watched several other young stars depart and retire this offseason.
“I’m just more concerned about him as a person,” receiver Anquan Boldin said. “Football doesn’t come into play when it comes to a situation like that. My whole thought is just making sure he’s OK as a person.”
The move came only three days after general manager Trent Baalke expressed his desire to keep Smith beyond this season, which would have been a contract year.
Instead Friday, Baalke and coach Jim Tomsula met with Smith at team headquarters after he left jail to inform him he was no longer part of the team….
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