ProFootballTalk The most recent update about Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith was that he is on track for reinstatement from suspension in March as long as he avoids any other issues that would violate the league’s substance-abuse policy. There’s no word of a slip on that front, but Smith may have another obstacle to his return to the playing field. TMZ reports that police in San Francisco responded to a call on Saturday morning regarding an alleged domestic incident involving Smith and a woman. Police allegedly took a report after speaking with Smith and the woman, but there were no arrests. Per the TMZ report, there is an “active investigation” ongoing as a result of that visit. If that investigation does result in an arrest, Smith’s chances of returning to Oakland’s lineup would likely move to the slimmer end of the spectrum.
It was reported last week that, as long as Aldon Smith had no further legal issues, the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year would likely be cleared to join the Oakland Raiders during the 2017 offseason. That did not last long. Aldon Smith is being investigated for an alleged domestic violence incident at his over the weekend, the issue at the center of the investigation is a fight between Aldon Smith and a woman, and if the investigation leads to an arrest Smith will likely face more league discipline. Aldon Smith has not played a snap in the NFL since November 2015, he was hit with a year long suspension by the NFL for an alleged hit and run after driving under the influence and vandalism charges, the latest in a long line of serious legal issues for the troubled but talented pass rusher. It’s worth noting that Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, who employs Aldon Smith, has been one of the most outspoken critics for harsher punishments for domestic violence offenders in the NFL.
As the San Francisco 49ers have learned, and as the Oakland Raiders are learning the hard way, you cannot count on Aldon Smith.