49ers’ Aldon Smith Arrested For DUI, Team Releases Him
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Thursday night (August 6), on multiple charges, including hit-and-run, driving under the influence and vandalism charges.
According to NBC Bay Area, the 25-year-old's struck SUV a parked car in the shared parking lot where he lives. The owner of that struck car confronted Smith about the damage, they talked, and then, the NFL player walked away.
A couple hours later, when Smith returned home, police were on the scene, because the car owner had called them. Police say Smith appeared to be intoxicated. He then failed a field sobriety test and was subsequently arrested.
He was carted off to Santa Clara County Jail and his bond was set at $26,000.
Due to a prior weapons conviction, Smith is not allowed to drink any alcohol and drive. It's his third DUI arrest since entering the league in 2011.
Following the arrest, the 49ers have decided to release Smith.
According to ESPN, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke met with the player after being released from jail, and after Smith refused to take responsibility for the arrest, they decided to release him.
"This organization has tried very hard to help Aldon fight his issues," the team said in a statement. "Although he is no longer a member of this team, our support and concern for him will continue."