Enough is enough. I know I’m not the only one who is sick of this. A DUI, gun charges, and saying he has a bomb, the one word you should never say in an airport, at LAX. Now, reports are surfacing that he was red-flagged as a high risk player before being drafted and Tim Kawakami is reporting that according to multiple sources he’s spoken with, the San Francisco 49ers could be without one of their best defensive players for all of 2014. It’s time for the 49ers to part ways with Aldon Smith.
It hurts me to even say it given I recently touted him as one of the 10 best players on the Niners current roster. One of the best pass rushers in the league, Smith made an immediate impact on the 49ers, winning team MVP award in 2012, his second year with the red and gold. Smith also is in the NFL record books as the fastest player to reach 30 sacks in his career. While last season was marred by the DUI arrest and subsequent absence from the team, Aldon still remained a key part of San Francisco’s defense.
Now, I want him gone. I don’t even want him near the training facility in Santa Clara out of fear he may contaminate the rest of the team with his immaturity. I think it’s an understatement to say he’s out of control. People can only use the “he’s just a kid” argument for so long before it becomes just a pathetic excuse. Be it environment or peers, Smith has been acting out in a manner that has become a detriment to the team. I’m all for second chances, but he’s blown his.
More than anything else, however, I want him to get his life together and get better. He is clearly a troubled young man who needs help in battling through these difficult times. Hopefully, through a strong support system, Aldon can battle through his personal demons. It’s an absolute shame to see his talent wasted.
While I hope Smith is able to get his life back on track, I’d rather see him do it elsewhere. The Niners have had their own share of offseason issues with the Harbaugh-Baalke drama, Chris Culliver’s arrest, and Kap-gate, although allegations against the quarterback are sketchy at best. At least Daniel Kilgore had his public intoxication charge dismissed (score!). Unfortunately, at this point, Smith is just another unwanted distraction.
Sorry, Aldon, it’s time to go. I wish you the best of luck in the future.
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