‘Something is Really Wrong’: The 49ers’ Journey from Super Bowl to Utter Chaos

Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (Tony Avelar/AP)
Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker, Aldon Smith (Tony Avelar/AP)
Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker, Aldon Smith (Tony Avelar/AP)

Joseph Mayton, THE GUARDIAN

 

(The Guardian) — The San Francisco 49ers ended their latest chapter of chaos on Friday after releasing talented linebacker Aldon Smith following his arrest Thursday for suspicion of driving under the influence, hit and run and vandalism. The team’s stalwart fans are quickly becoming frustrated over the current state of affairs for a squad that two years ago were five yards from the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl title.

“I can empathize with the team for giving him chances,” said Peter Abela, a trainer at a San Francisco law firm and a Niner fan. “His situation should have been assessed deeper and sooner. The decision by the team to let him go should have been done much sooner.”

Across San Francisco and down to Santa Clara – the home of the team’s new Levi’s Stadium – there is a growing sense of chaos that has engulfed the 49ers over the past few years. Thursday’s incident marks the 12th time a San Francisco player has been arrested or had charges filed against him since January 2012, most in the NFL.

 

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