Sunday afternoon became another headache for the Seahawks’ arch rival, the San Francisco 49ers.
Linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after claiming he had a bomb, according to airport police. Smith was randomly selected for secondary screening, which led to an altercation and arrest.
“The suspect then became belligerent and uncooperative with the process and with the TSA agent, making a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb before proceeding toward the gate area,” Sgt. Karla Ortiz said in a statement.
Smith was released on $20,000 bail, according to multiple reports, after being booked for felony false report of a bomb threat.
Smith has been arrested numerous times.
Sept. 20 of last year, he was charged with driving under the influence. He received the same charge in January of 2012.
Smith, one of the Niners’ all-time best pass rushers, also faces three felony weapons charges stemming from a party at his house in June 2012, during which he reportedly fired a gun into the air and was stabbed while two others were shot. He pleaded not guilty to the weapons charges.
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick and wide receiver Quinton Patton, plus Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, were under investigation for possible sexual misconduct stemming from an incident allegedly occurring in Lockette’s Miami apartment April 3. Kaepernick denied the allegations on Twitter. No charges have been filed.
The San Francisco 49ers crime crisis routine is set, and it would be mundane if it weren’t so embarrassing for a franchise that is recently falling so short of its long-held ideals.
The pattern: A 49ers player gets in some kind of trouble with the authorities, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke issues a terse response indicating little, and the legal process churns on, ever so slowly.
Oh, and the player remains on the team, most especially if he’s a very good player.
Not the kind of offseason the 49ers were hoping for.