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Ex-49ers DE Aldon Smith arrested on DUI charges

Aldon Smith, 49ers

Aldon Smith just can’t stop being a problem off of the field. A few months after he was arrested on second-degree battery charges in Louisiana, the former San Francisco 49ers first-round pick was arrested once again. It’s just another bullet point in a long list of legal issues and arrests that Aldon Smith has had over the years.

TMZ Sports first reported the former 49er’s newest run-in with the law. Aldon Smith was booked into a North California jail on Monday night for driving under the influence (DUI) and causing injury.

As alluded to earlier, this isn’t Aldon Smith’s first time being arrested. The former 49ers defensive end had an arrest warrant put out for him for second-degree battery. In 2017 and 2018, he was arrested for multiple domestic violence charges. He has also struggled with substance abuse: he checked into rehab in 2013, and was suspended for 9 games by the NFL in 2014.

His substance abuse problem and constant run-ins with the law destroyed what looked to be a promising career. Aldon Smith was drafted 7th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, and proved to be one of the best defensive talents of the draft, earning All-Pro honors and being named to the Pro Bowl. That would be the high point of his career, though, as the multiple legal issues and drug abuse kept him off the NFL in 2017.

Smith was seemingly on the track to recovery in recent years, as he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys last season and performed okay for them. He was cut the next season, but the Seattle Seahawks signed him to their practice squad for 2021. Unfortunately, the arrest warrant mentioned earlier led him to be cut from the team.