KTVU- Suspended Oakland Raiders player Aldon Smith was detained Thursday morning in San Francisco after a vehicle he was a passenger in collided with a San Francisco police car near police headquarters, authorities said.
Smith, 27, was detained after he and two other passengers in a Yukon sport utility vehicle were questioned after the vehicle struck an undercover police car on the China Basin Street side of the city’s Public Safety Building around 8:30 a.m., police said.
Two San Francisco police officers were taken to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said. Their identities were not immediately released.
Smith was detained for public intoxication and expected to be released when he is sober and no charges will be filed, police said.
I want you to imagine, for the sake of this blog, that you are an NFL General Manager. You get to have the last say on any acquisition that your team makes and your confidants are offering up suggestions as to which players to go after. Imagine one of those confidants believed in giving athletes a 35th chance and decided to bring up Aldon Smith's name. Other than "wha...huh?", "fuck no", or "you're fired", what would your response be? Do any of these fit the bill...
- "He's an accident waiting to happen."
- "Too many run-in's with law."
- "He has a way of finding trouble."
- "His career is on a collision course with criminal activity."
- "It's only a matter of time before he crashes and burns."
He finally - and quite literally - proved all of those things true. The only way this story could have been more representative of Aldon Smith's life is if he was the one behind the wheel, but we'll have to settle for him being in the passenger seat when his ride straight up drove him into another arrest. When we talk about the 27 year old linebacker with a rap sheet that's longer than the resume of the most accomplished of veterans we no longer have to speak in forced cliches and overused metaphors. He has actually experienced the fictional scenarios that we reference to make people sound dumber and more self destructive than they are. By not being able to do his job he's actually doing the job of his future non-employers for them, and that's not an easy job to do with how hard unstoppable pass rushers are to come by.
UPDATE: Shit, now I feel bad making jokes. This guy doesn't have a problem,...he has all the problems. Honestly don't know how you let him go anywhere alone in this condition...