San Francisco 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith has paid the price for his Friday arrest for suspicion of DUI. But the timing and responsibility of it all is quite strange.
According to Jed York, Aldon Smith will not play on Thursday.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 22, 2013
Word of Smith's absence — no one is calling it a suspension yet — got out after Smith's locker was seen cleared out following the 49ers' 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. So why was Smith allowed to play this game Sunday? [Play Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: The No. 1 free fantasy football game!]
Jed York never said Aldon Smith is "suspended." It's voluntary leave of absence to seek treatment. An indefinite leave for 49ers star — Cam Inman (@CamInman) September 23, 2013
Ok, so that clears a little up. Whose decision was it for Smith to play today?
Jed York: "Sitting somebody down and paying somebody to sit down when they're going to seek treatment in the future, that didn't seem ..."
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) September 23, 2013
"... like appropriate punishment," 49ers CEO Jes York said, addressing why Aldon Smith played today. — Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) September 23, 2013
There's clearly more to the story, and at this point all we can hope for is that Smith gets the help he needs. More to come as this develops. The 49ers play the St. Louis Rams in Week 4.