Aldon Smith: 49ers wouldn’t support me if I was a thug
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has had more than one off-the-field incidents that has landed him in trouble with the law. The most recent came April 13 when Smith was arrested for jokingly mentioning to TSA agents that he had a bomb while at LAX Airport. Following the incident, there were reports that the 49ers were shopping Smith or would not pick up his fifth year rookie option for the 2015 NFL Season, making this year his last in San Francisco.
Instead, the 49ers did pick up his option for the 2015 season.
According to Smith, the 49ers picking up his 2015 option shows that he is a good person.
“The 49ers have supported me,” Smith told CSNBayArea.com. “As you can see, the option [for the 2015 season] got picked up. And if I was a thug or something, I don’t think they’d take those chances.”
Smith added that those who are showing him to be a bad person are wrong and in the end he hopes people can still think of him as a good person.
“I’m a good person, and the people who know me know I’m a good person,” Smith said. “Maybe after this is over, you can tell your friends I’m a good person. Anybody who hangs around me can tell that. A lot of these things are being painted in a picture that’s not true.”
During his time in San Francisco, Smith has been arrested on DUI charges in January 2012, was reportedly stabbed while trying to break up a fight at a party in the summer of 2012, entered a rehab facility last season and was also charged with assault weapon possession last season as well.