Aldon Smith detained by police at LAX, taken into custody

Aldon Smith detained by police at LAX, taken into custody
April 13, 2014, 4:30 pm
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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.
Trent Baalke

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was detained by Los Angeles International Airport police on Sunday following an alleged encounter with a TSA agent that escalated into an announcement that he had a bomb.

TMZ first identified Smith and also obtained cell phone video of his mid-afternoon arrest at the Terminal 1 security screening area near the Southwest Airlines boarding gates. Smith is shown on the video being led away by several officers.

A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson confirmed Smith was taken into custody for making a false report of a bomb threat.

[RELATED: Police: Smith 'appeared' to have been drinking before arrest]

“At approximately 1400 hrs, a 25-year-old male resident of San Jose, California, was going through Terminal 1 screening and was randomly selected for a secondary screening,” LAPD Sgt. Sgt. Karla Ortiz said in a statement. “The suspect then became belligerent and uncooperative with the process and with the TSA agent, making a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb before proceeding towards the gate area.

“Los Angeles Airport Police made contact with him at the gate and he was positively identified as the person in question. Once again the male subject became uncooperative and he was detained and taken into custody by Airport Police and is currently being transported to LAPD for booking.”

Smith is heard in the video telling the officers, “You’re bugging, bro. You’re bugging.”

This is just the latest in a series of run-ins with law enforcement for Smith, who turns 25 on Sept. 25 and currently is facing three felony counts of illegal possession of assault rifles.

General manager Trent Baalke issued a statement on behalf of the 49ers:

"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,” Baalke said in the statement.

Smith spent time in a substance abuse treatment facility last fall following his arrest last September for suspicion of driving of the influence after a single-car accident in which his vehicle ended up on the front lawn of a residence in South San Jose.

Smith played two days later against the Indianapolis Colts, but left the team for five weeks on a voluntary leave of absence to undergo treatment. Since being selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Smith has 42 regular-season sacks, including a franchise record 14 as a rookie.

In January 2012, Smith was arrested in Miami Beach for suspicion of driving under the influence, a charge that later was reduced to reckless driving under a first-time offender program.

The 49ers have other players who are currently the subjects of an active police investigation.

Last week, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and wide receiver Quinton Patton were named in a Miami police incident report involving a woman who claimed she had a sexual relationship with Kaepernick in the past.

[WHAT WE KNOW: Kaepernick's 'suspicious incident' timeline]

The woman told police she passed out after spending time in a hotel room with Kaepernick, Patton and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette. She woke up in a Miami hospital with no recollection how she got there, police said. No charges have been filed in the incident and Kaepernick has denied any wrongdoing.

In a separate serious legal matter, cornerback Chris Culliver pleaded not guilty last Friday to misdemeanor hit-and run and felony possession of brass knuckles following a March 28 encounter with a bicyclist in San Jose.

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