The San Francisco 49ers have decided to release linebacker Aldon Smith after he was arrested earlier today, it has emerged.
According to a report from ESPN, the 49ers have finally had enough of Smith's selfish actions that have seen him miss portions of the last three seasons through suspension and finally cut ties with the 25-year old.
The linebacker was arrested late Thursday night on hit-and-run, driving under the influence and vandalism charges.
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Despite being cut by the team, it looks like they are going to keep supporting Smith in his future, as he seemingly tries to overcome the problems and demons that have been haunting him in past years.
“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.”
According to a police report released on Friday, police responded to a report of a collision at 8:46 p.m. on Thursday night.
The report alleges Smith collided with another car while trying to park, further damaged it when he opened his door to get out of his car and then left without reporting the accident or leaving information.
Smith is no stranger to a DUI charge as he’s been arrested on those charges twice before. He went to rehab after his second arrest in September 2013, which led to a stay in rehab and five missed games during the 2013 season.
The 25-year old missed nine more games while serving a suspension for those arrests and other off-field trouble last season in 2014, as the 49ers struggled in his absence and failed to miss the playoffs.
This has all come at a time when the 49ers were already reeling from the losses of Patrick Willis, Chris Borland, Justin Smith, Anthony Davis, Frank Gore and Jim Harbaugh.