Aldon Smith will not be playing in Thursday night's game in St. Louis, 49ers CEO Jed York announced following the team's 27-7 defeat to the Indianapolis Colts. He will be out indefinitely and could still face a suspension from the league.
"First off I wanted to apologize to the team, the organization, my family, everybody I let down. Let it be known that this is a problem and it’s something that will get fixed. I’ll do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again," Smith said.
Police responded to a solo vehicle crash early Friday morning, and arrested Smith on suspicion of driving under the influence. He posted bail of $5,250 later that morning before returning to practice with the team in the afternoon.
Multiple reports surfaced Sunday morning indicating the 49ers would help Smith check into a rehabilitation facility this week. York declined to comment about the next step in the process for Smith and offered no timetable on his return to the team.
“I don’t know if there’s a right decision in this situation. It was something that was very disappointing to the team," York said.
"After talking with Aldon and knowing what he wants to do, there’s not a one-day fix. This is a long-term fix. We support Aldon. If Aldon’s willing to fight for himself and make this right, then I will stand here and I will support him. And I’ll take any shots directed at the organization. You can direct them at me. I will support Aldon as long as he’s willing to work at this and fight to get better."
Even with his arrest coming just two days prior to the team's game against Indianapolis, the 49ers elected to allow Smith to play Sunday. He registered five tackles.
“(General Manager) Trent (Baalke) and (head coach) Jim (Harbaugh) handled it, they obviously talked to me about it. And I think again under the circumstances, knowing what Aldon wants to do, the best thing for Aldon, and again there’s not right answer here. We’re very fortunate that nobody got hurt, Aldon included and anybody else. And we want to make sure that Aldon’s never in a position like this again."
Smith was also arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence in January of 2012 in Miami.
Smith has also been named in a lawsuit filed earlier this month in Santa Clara County Superior Court, claiming he and Delanie Walker illegally fired weapons during a party at Smith's home on June 29 2012.
Prosecutors in Santa Clara County have indicated they are considering criminal charges against Smith for Friday morning's incident.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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