Aldon Smith Was Being Counseled By 49ers At Time Of Latest DUI Arrest
Here are two covers that San Francisco Magazine was going to release this week -- their September issue with a cover story on Aldon Smith. The focus of the story was to be on Smith's personal rehabilitation, and how hard he's been working to change his image as a trouble-infested bad guy.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 8, 2015
I'm not sure what the new cover story is now ... zesty fall recipes?
By now you've heard that several NFL teams are interested in the former 49ers DE, according to reports, despite his troubles at staying away from behind the wheel when he's sloshed, and other stuff. It's a bigger tragedy waiting to happen, and he's doesn't need defensive reps, he needs counseling.
There is interest in Aldon Smith from several NFL teams, notably NY Giants. But what's really important is a life spiraling out of control.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) August 10, 2015
Turns out though that Smith was being counseled by the 49ers. And in a series of interviews with San Francisco Magazine recently, he vowed to clean up his act, and despaired over how he was being portrayed.
It was supposed to be the magazine's September cover story. Excerpt:
Smith believes this too, and he wants everyone else to believe it as well. There’s a tale that needs to be told, he says to me repeatedly. The narrative about Aldon Smith that’s out there now doesn’t match the reality of his daily existence. It doesn’t reflect the pensive young man who’s developed a passion for the city of San Francisco, who’s deep into fashion and art and food, who taught himself to play the drums and the piano, and who had never been in trouble with the law until he arrived in the NFL.
“I’m not gonna sit back and keep letting this picture be painted,” he tells me. As he enters the most important season of his pro career, Smith is ready for the world to meet the real Aldon—and to prove that he's not the man you think he is.
Blame Smith, who has squandered so far several chances to get on the straight and narrow and make a fortune in the NFL. But also blame the 49ers, who continued to play him after multiple DUI arrests, and at least one gun charge, and other things. Forty-Niners' owner Jed York and CEO Trent Baalke were trying to "fix him," according to the San Francisco Chronicle, and Baalke had been charged with personally supervising Smith's progression.
Now there are reports that the Giants are after him, due to the fireworks injury to Jason Pierre-Paul (although that, to me, seems less than likely). Let's wait and see how that plays out -- to me, Smith needs a long vacation to sort his demons and get to the bottom of this. Until he gets right with himself, he's of no use to anyone.
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