Aldon Smith 'focused on staying focused'

Aldon Smith 'focused on staying focused'
May 19, 2014, 8:00 am
A lot of these things are being painted in a picture that’s not true.
Aldon Smith

SAN FRANCISCO -- Linebacker Aldon Smith continues to take part in the 49ers’ offseason program, but it remains uncertain whether he will face a suspension from the NFL during the upcoming regular season.

“I can’t control that,” Smith told CSNBayArea.com on Friday. “I’m focused on staying focused.”

Smith, who faces three felony charges for possession of illegal assault rifles and one misdemeanor DUI charge, has a hearing scheduled for Wednesday in Santa Clara Superior Court. A plea agreement remains an option.

Also, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has yet to decide whether to formally charge Smith for making a “false report of a bomb threat” from an incident at Los Angeles International Airport on April 13.

Although Smith did not speak specifically about any of the pending legal matters during his impromptu interview while visiting the Comcast SportsNet studio, he intimated he is eager for the truth to be revealed during the legal process.

“A lot of these things are being painted in a picture that’s not true,” he said.

CSNBayArea.com, citing a source, previously reported Smith told 49ers officials he never said the word “bomb” during the incident at LAX.

The NFL did not notify the 49ers about the potential discipline Smith could face before the organization picked up the $9.754 million fifth-year option on Smith’s contract for the 2015 season.

“If a player has been notified of a suspension, the team would be aware of it,” NFL senior vice president of communications Greg Aiello stated in an email to CSNBayArea.com. “Teams are not notified prior to the player. Suspensions are not announced until the appeal process has been completed and the suspension has been upheld.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in October said that Smith’s decision to take a voluntary leave of absence, missing five games, would be considered in any disciplinary decision. Smith sought treatment for substance abuse after his DUI arrest in September.

“The issue here is not to discipline players," Goodell said when the 49ers were in London during the regular season to face the Jacksonville Jaguars. "The issue here is to stop the behavior. And Aldon, to your point, has voluntarily said, ‘I need help.’ We are obviously there to support him, and the 49ers did a great job getting him into a facility to try to get that help. And so we all support that."