San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith had himself an amazing rookie season in 2011, racking up 14 sacks on the way to an NFC Title Game appearance. However, it’s Smith’s life away from the game that seems to cause him the most issues.
Before the 2011 NFL Draft, there were whispers of Smith being viewed as a future troublemaker, with potential off the field trouble following him in his path. An arrest this past January for driving under the influence seemed to confirm his critics’ worst fears. Being stabbed at 2am while attending a violent house party will only intensify the scrutiny.
San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith is recovering from what the team says are minor injuries suffered at a large house party Saturday morning that ended with three people being taken to the hospital … the Santa Clara County sheriff’s office reported that deputies arrived at a large house party shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday after receiving reports of gunshots.
When they arrived, they found two people with gunshot wounds and another suffering from stab wounds. All three were taken to hospitals where they were being treated for non-life threatening injuries. A source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment, said the stabbing victim was Smith; a sheriff’s spokesman said he could not comment on the identity of the victims.
CBSSports’ Mike Freeman wondered how this news would effect Smith in the eyes of who have questions regarding his maturity.
Hell, maybe all Smith did was go to a freaking party, and things beyond his control, got out of control. Maybe he couldn’t leave before it got crazy. And to think Smith should just stay at home and play Madden and watch The Matrixis also unfair and unreasonable.
But those doubters that were there before the draft will only multiply. And multiply some more. They’ll be wondering if he gets it–even if he did nothing wrong.
Aldon Smith was lucky to escape this situation with only minor injuries. One could only hope that this episode serves as a wake up call for this promising, young star.