Aldon Smith may very well be one of the 10 best defensive players in the NFL, but he can’t seem to get out of his own way. The latest news surrounding him is another rest, this time following a DUI, hit and run and vandalism. The 49ers have had enough of his off-the-field attention and have decided to cut him. They really had no other choice.
The San Francisco 49ers released Aldon Smith on Friday after the 25-year-old linebacker’s arrest Thursday night on hit-and-run, driving under the influence and vandalism charges.
The arrest was Smith’s third on suspicion of drunken driving since entering the league in 2011 as a first-round draft pick out of Missouri. He was booked into the Santa Clara County jail and released Friday on $26,000 bond
49ers general manager Trent Baalke met with the player after he left jail, and after Smith refused to take responsibility for being arrested, the decision was made to release him, a team source told ESPN’s Jim Trotter.