San Fransisco 49er Aldon Smith was arrested on Friday after he reportedly crashed his car in a single vehicle accident. Smith was arrested on suspicion of DUI. This is Smith’s second DUI arrest since his draft in 2011, which could mean bad news for the 23-year-old linebacker.
Smith’s first alcohol-related charge resulted after a party gone wrong in January 2012. After the 49ers were eliminated from the playoffs that year, Smith was stabbed at a party in San Jose, Calif. Smith and former teammate Delanie Walker were named in a civil suit by Ronndale Esporlas, who was shot during the same party.
According to the reports, Esporlas “alleged that he suffered ‘serious, catastrophic and permanent injuries’ when he was caught in a ‘crossfire’ of bullets” during the event. Smith’s lawyer responded to the suit just this week, stating that Esporlas “knew of the dangers and risks of attending the party.”
Smith may have gotten off clean for the first incident, but the NFL may very well step in due to his second DUI. Smith could easily face the possibility of more drug charges in addition to suspension. While this punishment may not occur until the beginning of the 2014 season, the 49ers may choose to step in and deliver a penalty of their own.
Smith is just 1 of 30 other athlete arrests this year ranging from DUI to murder. Click to continue for a handful of other standout athlete arrests this year. – ruthie hawkins/@ruubabie