The 2013 season for 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was a roller coaster affair. Unfortunately, it seems to possess a few more swings.
Los Angeles police arrested Smith for allegedly yelling “bomb” while in the L.A. airport.
According to TMZ (who posted video of the incident), while Smith went through a secondary screening process, he uttered “bomb,” which led to him being detained by the local authorities.
Per ProFootballTalk.com, the described incident by the L.A. authorities did not paint a rosy picture for Smith:
“At approximately 1400 hrs, a 25-year-old male resident of San Jose, California, was going through Terminal 1 screening and was randomly selected for a secondary screening. The suspect then became belligerent and uncooperative with the process and with the TSA agent, making a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb before proceeding towards the gate area. Los Angeles Airport Police made contact with him at the gate and he was positively identified as the person in question. Once again the male subject became uncooperative and he was detained and taken into custody by Airport Police and is currently being transported to LAPD for booking.”
This isn’t Smith’s first rodeo with authorities. Police arrested Smith for suspicion of DUI in 2012 and 2013. During ’12, Smith suffered stab wounds at a party; and was later charged with three felony counts for illegal possession of an assault weapon stemming from the party.
Incredibly, despite his transgressions, Smith was never suspended by the league. Instead, he only served a voluntary leave of absence last September for five games.
The 49ers have a major problem on their hands. The latest brush with the law by the talented but troubled Smith may further widen a gap between head coach Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers front office.