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He came into the league with question marks and days like today are the reason why.

San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Aldon Smith was arrested early this morning and charged with

driving under the influenece. His blood alcohol level registered .15, nearly twice the legal limit.


According to the San Jose Mercury News Smith's car hit a tree in a single vehicle accident at 7am this morning. Authorities say Smith blew a .15 well above the legal California limit for drinking and driving. Police also found pills and marijuana in the car. Smith posted bail and was released this morning. While the 49ers don't HAVE to act pre-emptively....they should.


Smith's talents were well documented coming out of the University of Missouri, but the risks in taking him were also well known to NFL talent evaluators. He was a player coming into the league of suspect character. Those suspicions are warranted considering some of Smith's issues off the field. Smith was arrested for DUI in January of 2012 in Miami Beach, charges that were reduced to reckless driving in a plea. Smith also face charges from the San Jose DA's office for illegal possession of assault rifles in another incident at his home.


Now, Smith is in trouble again. This time it involves alcohol and drugs and 49ers brass should take a stand. Enough is enough regardless of how talented the player is. The message to send by the Niners front office should be a pre-emptive suspension of Smith. The suspension would not be punishment for this particular offense, but it would be for his continual involvement with suspect behavior that is embarrassing to the franchise. Let me emphasize, this has nothing to do with being judged untl proven guilty. Professional athletes have a responsibility to their teammates, the organization and the fan base. Smith is shirking those responsibilities.  It sends a message to not only the fans, but the league that the 49ers take the behavior of their players seriously. And, if you continue to put yourself in positions of criminal activity, the organization will not stand for it.


It remains to be seen what the 49ers will do. But, in this case, they shouldn't  wait for the league to act. They should take the lead and show the NFL they don't need Roger Goodell to discipline their own players.....Nope, this is something where the 49ers need to take the lead. Set the example....


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