More details of the troubled life of Aldon Smith are emerging, and they portray a life so out of control that at least one source is hoping this is rock bottom for the one-time Pro Bowl pass rusher for the 49ers and Raiders.
Im worried about him, said a source close to Smith, according to TMZ Sports. Im worried for his safety. Hes an alcoholic. Its not about football anymore.
Smith was involved in a violent domestic dispute with his fiancee in San Francisco on Saturday night. He fled before police could arrive at the residence where the dispute took place. He checked into a rehab center Monday morning. The Raiders, for whom he played in 2015, released him Monday afternoon.
Now his friends and former colleagues are decrying the lack of support and treatment the NFL has afforded him. Smith has been on suspension from the NFL since November 2015.
From former Raiders coach Jack Del Rio:
According to a San Francisco Police dispatcher, Smith reportedly had consumed two bottles of tequila Saturday. Its no wonder his friends, according to TMZ Sports, have feared he might drink himself to death.
Smith has been arrested two times for DUI and for public intoxication.
Adding to his problems are financial woes that include past-due child support and a six-figure balance on a credit card.