The 49ers will likely make a decision whether to pick up the fifth-year option on star pass-rusher Aldon Smith on Friday evening without obtaining any new information from the NFL or the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office.
While club officials expect Smith to be subject to an NFL suspension in the upcoming season, the 49ers would not receive any advance warning, according to the league.
“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.”
The L.A. Attorney’s office is contemplating a misdemeanor charge for Smith stemming from an incident at Los Angeles International Airport on April 13. Smith alleged made a false report of a bomb threat.
“The matter is still under review,” Frank Mateljan of the L.A. Attorney’s office said on Friday.
The L.A. Attorney’s office has requested more information from law enforcement before making a decision whether to proceed with formal charges.
Smith also has a hearing scheduled for May 12 in Santa Clara Superior Court on three felony possession of illegal assault rifles and misdemeanor DUI charges.