Smith was arrested recently for making false bomb reports at a Los Angeles airport, the latest of a string of troubles for the highly talented linebacker. He was also arrested for suspicion of DUI in January, 2012 and again September, 2013. He also had marijuana on him during that September arrest. In October, 2013 he was charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon.
Aldon Smith charged with false report of bomb threat at LAX
The airport police issued a statement regarding the charges, according to the Sacramento Bee.
"At approximately 1400 hours, a 24-year-old Aldon Jacarus Ramon Smith, a resident of San Jose, California, was going through Terminal 1 screening where he made a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb. Los Angeles Airport Police made contact with him in the gate area where he became uncooperative. After conducting their investigation, L.A. Airport Police took suspect into custody and transported him to LAPD-Pacific division where he was booked for California Penal Code 148.1(a) - False report of a bomb threat."
Niners add safety Antoine Bethea
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/11/14) On the same day they lost safety Donte Whitner via free agency, the 49ers brought in his replacement. Antoine Bethea posted on Twitter his thanks to the Colts fans he played in front of for eight years, and NFL Network reports he's on his way to San Francisco.
Bethea had 108 tackles, two interceptions and six passes defensed last season. It was the fifth time in the last six years he recorded 100-plus tackles.
Midseason return expected for NaVorro Bowman
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/20/14) The most likely scenario for 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman is a midseason return, coach Jim Harbaugh said. Harbaugh would not rule out an earlier return for Bowman, who tore his ACL and MCL in the NFC Championship Game.
“I wouldn’t count NaVorro Bowman out of anything,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a supreme athlete, a world-class athlete among world-class athletes. The way he moves, his strength, his powers of healing. I wouldn’t count him out of anything. Realistically, halfway through the season, something like that would be more realistic. But I never underestimate NaVorro Bowman.”
Chris Culliver favored to start in 2014
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/5/14) The 49ers are set at one cornerback spot in 2014, with 25-year-old Tramaine Brock returning after making five interceptions in just seven starts. Chris Culliver is the favorite to start opposite Brock, reports the Sacramento Bee.
Culliver is on track to return from the torn ACL he suffered early in training camp. Tarell Brown and Eric Wright are unrestricted free agents, Perrish Cox a restricted free agent. San Francisco is expected to ask Carlos Rogers to take a pay cut.
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The 49ers DST should once again be a top unit this season, but two key players might be missing early in the year NaVorro Bowman (knee) isn't expected to return to the middle of the season, and Aldon Smith could be facing a suspension. We'll find out when those two will be on the field during training camp, but we still have plenty of confidence in the 49ers DST to make plays. The unit was No. 5 in Fantasy points in a standard league in 2013 with 38 sacks, 18 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries, five defensive touchdowns and one safety. They held their opponents to 272 points, and this is the third year in a row they have been a Top 5 Fantasy option. We would draft the 49ers with a late-round pick in all leagues. Once the Seahawks DST comes off the board then get ready to draft the 49ers because they are likely the No. 2 unit coming into the season.