Posted October 10, 2013

Aldon Smith faces felony weapons charges stemming from 2012 party

San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Aldon Smith, who is currently away from the team while he undergoes substance abuse counseling, now has another major issue to add to his list. On Wednesday, according to NBC Bay Area, the Santa Clara (Calif.) District’s Attorney’s office filed three felony counts of assault weapons charges against Smith in relation to a party thrown at his house in 2012. Smith was stabbed at the party, and two other people were shot.

“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent developments with Aldon arising from an incident at his home in 2012,” the team said in a statement. “We recognize the serious nature of this situation, as does Aldon, and will continue to monitor it closely.  As this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment.”

Smith is on indefinite leave from the team following his Sept. 20 arrest for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. On Monday, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said that he had texted with Smith, and that he had “heard things are going very well. Very positive reports back.”

“My comment would be, we’ve been aware of the incident that you’re referring to, the serious nature of it,” HArbaugh told the media on Wednesday. “And we’re all accountable for our actions good and bad. So, there’s a process, due process, other processes that will take place and I don’t feel any need to comment further on it.”

Two weeks ago, the people who were shot at the party each filed civil lawsuits against Smith. The suits do not claim that Smith owned the weapons that were used, but cite him as a responsible party because the shootings occurred at his home just outside of San Jose. Former 49ers and current Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker was named as a co-defendant.

Smith’s attorney, Matthew Conant, filed a response to the suit brought by Ronndale Esporlas, one of the victims, saying that Esporlas knew the risks and dangers inherent when he attended the event. The lawsuit claims that Smith and Walker tried to end the party by firing illegally possessed weapons into the air, and that a group of people near the street fired back in response. Aaron Reyes, the other individual who was shot, has also filed suit.

“Walker then made his way to the driveway,” the lawsuit claims. “Once on the driveway Delanie Walker began firing a handgun in the air and towards others attending the party.”

Both Esporlas  and Reyes claim “serious, catastrophic and permanent injuries” as a result of the shootings.

31 comments
thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

Yeah Harbaugh you scumbag … keep going on about the Seahawk's taking aderall but you can't talk about your thug "Hernandez" like player … you are crap Harbaugh ...

HorizontalGophers
HorizontalGophers

So the 49er's were aware of 'recent developments'. This happened in 2012 right? 

So here's a question - did they know about it in 2012 and if so why would they let the fact/allegation one of their players shot and/or hit someone a a party they held percolate until charges were filed? Risk management -or is it like the tree falling in the woods? 

WR2


Blinker
Blinker

Two civil suits filed.  There goes your millions idiot.  Still his lawyer (scumbag) says " Esporlas knew the risks and dangers inherent when he attended the event."  It's a party at someone house, not a block party on Compton Ave after dark.  This guys parents must be proud.  The family bread winner about to loose it all. 

kochbros
kochbros

ill have to remember this the next time i have people over. i won't ask them to leave i'll start shooting my ak.

tfaw
tfaw

can u say dumber than dirt?

CarlEdwardJansen
CarlEdwardJansen

Maybe he was protecting his home and family, that used to be legal in these United States.

JPG
JPG

This is beyond pathetic.

Only let this person back on the field only after complete rehab and repentence and after two years.

I'm for forgiveness and second chances but with conditions. 

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

You know what I think would be awesome, playing a game and making millions of dollars

But some people would rather be a gangsta thug, drive around loaded drunk and shoot people

I guess god made us all differently 


joeshine730
joeshine730

Must have been all white people at the party.

humdrumdrumhumming
humdrumdrumhumming

Class organization, setting a fine example.

Next year the 49ers will be moving further away from their "home city" than any MLB, NBA, NFL or NHL team in the U.S. or Canada...

Well t least the city of San Francisco will no longer have to claim Aldon Smith, or an organization that thinks it was a good idea to pu him on the field just 48hrs after his most recent DUI arrest.


The San Jose 49ers of San Francisco (who play in Santa Clara) should have higher standards..



RobertJacke
RobertJacke

He and Aaron could be on the same prison team

MikeKing
MikeKing

Well finally!  The DA dragged their feet long enough on this.  I bet if he was still playing well they still would be dragging their feet.  

Boogieman1281
Boogieman1281

He "knew the risks and dangers inherent when he attended the event."  Gets me every time.  Just like when people get mugged while jogging.  They knew the risk, so it's their own fault.

BearsIn2013
BearsIn2013

Since the article did not say, I'm guessing the “serious, catastrophic and permanent injuries” are empty bank accounts.

George
George

Stick a fork in THIS thug

brighat
brighat

This is awful news. He might never play for the 49ers or in the NFL at this rate. Just another lost cause.

bulletrico
bulletrico

Stupid is as stupid does??? Did I get the saying right???

Florencio
Florencio

@CarlEdwardJansen  He isn't being charged with firing weapons but being in possession of illegal ones.  Whether you agree with it or not, California does not allow you to buy assault weapons from another state and bring them back with you.  The weapons were never registered.  I find it more disturbing that he is only going to be charged with a misdemeanor DUI.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@joeshine730 No, some of them just post holier-than-thou comments as if they walk around with halos over their heads.

redmch91
redmch91

@SportBiomech this might be the best thing I've seen this week!  Where is the one for NCAA football and basketball?

Blinker
Blinker

Hahahahaha...  is that the best you have?  I love people that point out careless errors.  They must be perfect in every way.

SportBiomech
SportBiomech

@redmch91 Thanks! I have not gotten around to it sadly, plan on getting an NBA one up soon!