Report: Aldon Smith may have been drinking before arrest


As if Aldon Smith’s situation couldn’t get worse following his arrest Sunday for “false report of a bomb threat” at LAX, the San Francisco 49ers linebacker may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of his detainment.

That’s what Los Angeles International Airport police told CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco on Sunday.

“He was not what we considered to be intoxicated,” LAX Police Sgt. Karla Ortiz told Maiocco, “but he appeared as if he had been drinking earlier in the day.”

Smith was not administered a blood-alcohol test because, “Whether he was drunk or not was not the reason for his detention, arrest or booking,” Ortiz said.

(And here I thought you had to be drunk to say “bomb” at an airport.)

Whether or not Smith was drinking that day is purely speculative at this point. But if he was, it would be a major step back given Smith’s history. He took a voluntary leave of absence midway through the 2013 season to receive treatment for alcohol abuse after his Sept. 22 arrest for DUI in San Jose, Calif. He missed the next five games.

49ers general manager Trent Baalke released the following statement Sunday:

“We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith. As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”

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