Smith issues statement on his indefinite leave of absence

Smith: 'This is a problem and something I will get fixed'

Smith issues statement on his indefinite leave of absence
September 22, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Aldon Smith is taking an indefinite leave of absence to seek treatment for alcohol abuse. There is no timetable for his return. (AP)

Aldon Smith addressed the media following the 49ers' 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, and issued the following statement:

"First off, I wanted to apologize, you know, to the team, the organization, my family, everybody I let down. I also wanted to let it be known that, you know, this is a problem and it's something that I will get fixed and I'll do everything in my power to make sure that this never happens again. I also wanted to let everybody know that, you know, once again I'm sorry and like I said this won't happen again."

49ers CEO Jed York also spoke to reporters, and revealed that Smith will not play against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday.

"I believe Aldon wants to tackle this problem, and we're going to do everything we can to help him with this," York said.


Smith, the 49ers' MVP last season, was booked into Santa Clara County jail on Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. He posted $5,250 in bond for his release and was on the practice field Friday afternoon within hours of his 7 a.m. arrest.

According to York, there is no timetable for Smith's return.