Aldon Smith responds to lawsuit over 2012 shooting

Aldon Smith responds to lawsuit over 2012 shooting
September 19, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Aldon Smith has 3.5 sacks in the 49ers' first two games while he faces a civil suit stemming from a 2012 house party. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

San Francisco 49ers All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith is now defending himself against a civil suit following a shoot-out during a party at his home last summer.

Smith's attorney, Matthew Conant, on Tuesday filed an answer to a Sept. 3 lawsuit accusing the football star and a former teammate of firing illegal weapons, brandishing handguns, hosting a party where two people were shot and allowing gang members to attend the event.

[DOWNLOAD: Response Filed by Smith's Attorney]

Smith's defense claims in the legal filing, plaintiff Ronndale Esporlas -- one of the shooting victims -- knew the dangers and risks he was taking when he attended the party at the star player's 8,000-square-foot home on June 29, 2012.

Conant also wrote injuries and damages were caused by persons other than Smith.


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