Raiders Aldon Smith suspended by the NFL

Aldon Smith
Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith (99) sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

(KRON) — The NFL has suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith related to an incident that happened in August.

FROM NFL.COM: Raiders pass rusher Aldon Smith is facing a one-year suspension for substance abuse, NFL Media’s Rand Getlin reported, per a source briefed on the suspension.


The 26-year-old troubled linebacker signed with the Raiders after the San Francisco 49ers released him on August 7, a day after his arrest by Santa Clara police on suspicion of drunken driving, hit and run and vandalism.

His August arrest is the fifth run-in with the law since he arrived in the Bay Area as a first-round draft pick in 2011. Smith was on probation at the time of the alleged incident after pleading no contest last year to three illegal gun charges and two DUI charges in Santa Clara County.




NFL Statement:
Aldon Smith of the Oakland Raiders has been notified that he is now suspended without pay for a minimum of one year for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Under the terms of the policy, Smith will be eligible to apply for reinstatement no sooner than 60 days before the one-year anniversary of the suspension.

[Note: The NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse is posted on After logging in, click on “About NFL” from the homepage and then “NFL Policies.”]

Raiders Statement:
Aldon has been a positive addition to the Raiders. He remains prominently in our long term plans and we will continue to support this member of our family as he gets the help that he needs.


Aldon Smith Statement:
First, I want to thank the Raiders, my teammates, the fans, our coaches and our owner for supporting me throughout all of this.

I am taking this time to work on myself and become the man I need to be, my team and organization needs me to be, and I know I can be.

I had lost my love for the game and it led me to some poor choices, but I am thankful to the Raider organization for believing in me this season and will continue to better myself and grow from my experiences. I look forward to rejoining the team next year.


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