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49ers news: Aldon Smith arrested on DUI suspicion, NFL discipline possible

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested on Friday morning at 7 a.m. on suspicion of DUI, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

San Jose Police confirmed that it was the Niners’ best pass rusher who was involved in a single-car accident that resulted in no injuries. Smith is now a candidate to face potential league discipline after the latest incident complements a number of other off-field issues. 

In January 2012, Smith was arrested in Miami on another suspicion of DUI, a charge that was later reduced to reckless driving. He’s also involved in a lawsuit from a person who says he was shot at a party outside Smith’s house. The pattern means that Smith will be susceptible to the NFL’s conduct policy, which has become more stringent in recent years due to the league working to clean up its image.

League commissioner Roger Goodell could be in touch with Smith and the team soon, but because he wasn’t injured, he should still be available to play on Sunday when the 49ers host the Indianapolis Colts. 

The 49ers have to be concerned about Smith’s behavior and more so that this latest incident occurred at 7 a.m. in the morning on a practice day. He clearly has some issues, and if the Niners don’t correct it, the NFL will intervene and take matters into its own hands. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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