Aldon Smith: 'Letting everybody down was the saddest part'


Aldon Smith: 'Letting everybody down was the saddest part'

SANTA CLARA -- Aldon Smith spoke publicly Friday for the first time since an incident at his house resulted in two stab wounds.

Coach Harbaugh said he had a talk with you, could you reveal anything about what was said?
"Not really. That was between me and him. And we're both on the same page."

How are you, physically?
"I'm good. I'm 100 percent. I'm healed up. I'm good."

There was a lot of concern around the country for your well-being. What exactly happened?
"Letting everybody down was probably the saddest part. I'm back to 100 percent. And I'm ready to go."

Did you feel that way, that you let everybody down? Who did you let down?
"I feel like after the incidents that happened, and the expectations that were set for me. I felt like I let the fans and everybody that kind of looked at me like that down."

What has that done to you, as far as how you approach things?
"It helped my focus out. I'm really focused more than ever -- not to say I wasn't in the beginning. Just focused more than ever and I'm ready to go."

All of us were 20-some-odd years old at some point, do you say, 'Most kids my age can do this, maybe I can't because of the position I'm in'?
"Being my age, you have to be aware of everything around you. I have to make better decisions and surround myself with good people."

How scary was it? Did you see your career flash before your eyes?
"I wouldn't say that. You definitely think about what happened and think about how you want to be perceived and how you want your career to go."

How did the 49ers treat you? Were they fully supportive?
"Fully supportive and they had my back the whole way."

Are you angry about the incident -- angry at yourself or angry at the perpetrator?
"If anybody, probably myself. I just got to make better decisions. You live and you learn."

Did you have stitches?
"No, staples."

Are you keeping in touch with the investigators to find out what happens?
"Yeah, we're all working together and feeling everything out."

Coach said you're going to be full go. Do you expect to feel it in some way?
"I'm all right. I'm healed up and ready to go."

Despite injury concerns, Foster, Bowman play 20 snaps in exhibition vs Broncos


Despite injury concerns, Foster, Bowman play 20 snaps in exhibition vs Broncos

SANTA CLARA -- Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster, who was limited in Thursday’s practice due to a shoulder sprain, started the 49ers’ exhibition game Saturday night against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium.

Foster played 20 snaps and recorded one tackle before the 49ers’ first-team defense was removed in the second quarter.

There were some concerns when Foster was included on the 49ers’ pre-practice injury report Thursday with an injury to his surgically repaired shoulder. But the 49ers said the injury was not related to the torn rotator cuff he sustained for Alabama in the national semifinal game against Washington.

NaVorro Bowman, who was removed from practice Thursday with a similar shoulder condition, also started and played every snap alongside Foster. Bowman was credited with two tackles.

With Foster and Bowman on the field, the Broncos totaled just 63 yards of total offense.

New York City law enforcement members hold rally to support Kaepernick


New York City law enforcement members hold rally to support Kaepernick

NEW YORK — A former New York City police officer, whose claims of police corruption in the 1970s were chronicled in an Al Pacino movie, joined dozens of current and former officers Saturday at a rally in support of getting quarterback Colin Kaepernick a job in the National Football League.

The former San Francisco 49ers player became a controversial figure last year after he refused to stand for the national anthem in what he called a protest against oppression of people of color.

He opted out of his contract in March and became a free agent, but so far, no NFL teams have signed him for the upcoming season.

The gathering in Brooklyn featured about 75 mostly minority officers wearing black T-shirts reading "#imwithkap."

One exception was retired officer Frank Serpico, whose exploits were featured in the 1973 film, "Serpico."

He admitted not being a football fan, but said he felt it was important to support Kaepernick for his stance.

"He's trying to hold up this government up to our founding fathers," said the now 81-year-old Serpico.

Sgt. Edwin Raymond, who said he was heading to work after the rally, spoke of the need for racial healing in the country.

"Until racism in America is no longer taboo, we own up to it, we admit it, we understand it and then we do what we have to do to solve it, unfortunately we're going to have these issues," he said.