49ers LB arrested for making bomb threat at airport

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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested at the weekend after allegedly telling security staff at Los Angeles International Airport he was in possession of an explosive.

According to the BBC, Smith was taken aside for a random additional screening when going through security on Sunday but was unhappy about being selected. Sgt Karla Ortiz of the airport police claimed he "became belligerent and uncooperative" when pulled aside for the screening.

Ortiz then alleged that Smith told one of the security staff that he was carrying a bomb as he was allowed to proceed to his gate. Airport police were then alerted to the threat and stopped the 2011 first round draft pick before arresting him and taking him into custody.

San Francisco 49ers management released a statement in response to the incident, saying they were "disappointed" one of their players had got into such a situation. The statement, run by, then claimed they would not be speaking further on the matter.

"We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith. As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment," general manager Trent Baalke said in the statement.

This latest incident comes after Smith took a five-match leave of absence to undergo treatment for alcohol abuse last season. He went into the treatment voluntarily just days after being arrested for drink driving for the second time since 2012.

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