Aldon Smith denies getting jumped in Missouri


Aldon Smith denies getting jumped in Missouri

San Francisco 49ers' linebacker Aldon Smith appears to have been involved in an incident early Thursday morning outside a Mexican restaurant and bar in Columbia, Missouri.

Details were unclear at first, but Insider Matt Maiocco has confirmed the 49ers have been in contact with Smith, and a team spokesperson said there is "no substance to the rumors" that Smith was jumped.

Smith, who attended the University of Missouri until 2010, backed up his team's statement, denying being jumped in a tweet at 2:20 p.m. Thursday.

Didn't get jumped_ stop asking Aldon Smith (@aldonsmithJETS) November 1, 2012
The rumors were first substantiated when Smith tweeted Thursday just before 1 p.m.:

Want to clear up rumors of me getting jumped, I'm ok and doing well! Como! I missed you. Go Tigers!! Aldon Smith (@aldonsmithJETS) November 1, 2012
The rumors started when Ashley Zavala, a sports reporter for NBC's local affiliate KOMU-TV tweeted the following Thursday morning at 8:15 a.m.:

Trouble finds Aldon Smith on bye week: the 49ers OLB was jumped last night near El Rancho restaurant in CoMo. I've been told that he's okay. Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) November 1, 2012
According to the sports editor of the University of Missouri newspaper, local police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer indicated that "officers were dispatched to address of El Rancho at 1:56 a.m. in reference to a 'disturbance,'" and that the disturbance "was between two black males."

The news is concerning considering Smith has been involved in multiple incidents over the past year. He was arrested and charged with a DUI in Miami Beach in late January, and he was suffered multiple stab wounds at a house party he hosted in July. He was also the passenger of a car that swerved off the road to avoid a deer and ended up on its side in September; Smith suffered a laceration above his right eye.

REWIND: Smith arrested for DUI Smith stabbed at house party

Smith, 23, was drafted seventh overall by the 49ers in 2011. After setting a franchise record with 14 sacks his rookie season last year, Smith has 7.5 sacks through the first eight games of his sophomore campaign with San Francisco.

Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups


Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

East Rutherford, NJ -- A handful of Miami Dolphins players are wearing black T-shirts supporting free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick during pregame warm-ups.

The shirts have "#IMWITHKAP" written in bold white lettering on the front.

Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy.

Among the players sporting the shirts before their game against the New York Jets are wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Jay Ajayi and offensive linemen Laremy Tunsil and Ja'Wuan James. Stills, also a team captain, posted a photo on Twitter of himself wearing the shirt, along with the post: "In case you didn't know!"

49ers CEO Jed York responds to Trump's 'callous and offensive comments'


49ers CEO Jed York responds to Trump's 'callous and offensive comments'

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York responded emphatically to the comments of President Donald Trump's views of those who take a knee in NFL games during the national anthem. 

Speaking in Huntsville, AL, on Friday, Trump told a group of his supporters during a campaign rally, "wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, 'get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired."

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a protest against social injustices last season. As he did last season, 49ers safety Eric Reid has continued to take a knee during the 2017 season.

York was the third representative of an NFL team to speak out against Trump's actions. Since then, the Packers and Falcons have issued a statements.