SANTA CLARA (KRON) — The San Francisco 49ers have released star linebacker Aldon Smith following his overnight arrest in Santa Clara.
Smith, 25, was arrested for driving under the influence, hit-and-run, and vandalism, according to the Santa Clara Police Department.
“This organization has tried very hard to help Aldon fight his issues. Although he is no longer a member of this team, our support and concern for him will continue,” the team said in statement.
Smith was booked into jail early Friday morning on $26,000 bail. Smith was on probation after pleading no contest last year to three illegal gun charges and two DUI charges in Santa Clara County.
At about 8:46 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to a call of a crash inside a parking garage at an gated apartment complex on the 500 block of Moreland Way. Officers found evidence of a collision involving a small passenger car parked next to Smith’s SUV.
Smith was attempting to park his SUV and, in the process, rear ended a smaller compact car inside a parking garage inside the gated complex, according to Santa Clara Police Lt. Kurt Clarke.
“I want everybody to understand this wasn’t a DUI,” Smith said after his release from the Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose.
Smith didn’t offer any further information but said the “situation that happened could have been handled differently.”
“I apologize to everybody I did let down and apologize for how it all played out,” Smith said. “As far as everything is concerned, it’ll work out how it’s supposed to work out.”
The 49ers selected Smith, a standout defensive end at University of Missouri, with the 7th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. In his four years with the 49ers, Smith became one of the NFL’s top pass rushers. In 2012, he had a franchise-record 19 1/2 sacks that year, but failed to record a sack in his final six games including the team’s postseason Super Bowl run.
San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke said Tuesday night that the 49ers had been planning to sign the linebacker beyond this season despite his troubled past. Smith was on probation after pleading no contest last year to three illegal gun charges and two DUI charges in Santa Clara County.