49ers Aldon Smith Suspended 9 Games by NFL


aldon smithSan Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will miss nine games after being suspended for violating the NFL’s personal conduct and substance abuse policies. Smith’s suspension broke down into four games for violations of the substance abuse policy and five games for violations of the personal conduct policy according to sources.

The 49ers issued a statement following the news.

“Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it as a team,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement Friday. “Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him, but it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead.”

The suspension will cost Smith $1.24 million of his $2.34 million salary.

Smith voluntarily missed five games last season when he entered a substance-abuse treatment center. Smith, 24, pleaded no contest in May to three felony charges of possessing illegal assault rifles and misdemeanor DUI, stemming from separate incidents in 2012 and 2013.

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