San Francisco 49ers star Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after he acted himself in an agressive way, threatening that he’s ready to blow the airport up with a bomb.
The 24-year-old had been randomly selected for a secondary screening at the airport by a Transportation Security Administration agent, airport police Sergeant Karla Ortiz said.
“The suspect then became belligerent and uncooperative with the process and with the TSA agent, making a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb before proceeding towards the gate area,” Ortiz said in a statement.
However, it was unclear whether the star had been under the influence of alcohol, but it was “not relevant or a factor for his arrest and booking,” Ortiz said.
When police officers talked to the sportman at the gate he appeared to be uncooperative and was taken into custody, Ortiz revealed to reporters. He was taken to the Los Angeles Police Department and booked on a charge of making a false report of a bomb threat, she said.
San Francisco general Manager Trent Baalke confirmed the case and added that the team was disappointed to learn of the incident involving Smith.
“As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment,” Baalke said in a statement.
A fearsome pass-rushing specialist, Aldon Smith took a five-game leave from the 49ers last season to undergo treatment for substance abuse. Back in November he reunited with the team.
Last fall he was hospitalized for rehabilitation facility for a substance abuse problem, Smith promised that he would stay out of trouble off the football field.
“I’m getting there,” Smith said at the time. “Every day is just a step closer to getting where I want to be.”
“Smith played in a 27-7 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 22, two days after he was arrested and jailed on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession. After the game, he publicly apologized for his behavior and later announced he would leave for treatment,” Reuters writes.
Late last month in San Jose, 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver was also arrested and faced allegations in felony and reckless driving after he drove a car into a bicyclist and fled from the scene.
Jose is “the player who underwent sensitivity training after his anti-gay remarks leading up to the Super Bowl after the 2012 season. He has done outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,” the Huffington Post reports.
Last summer, another starting linebacker, Ahmad Brooks, was also kept by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office as he faced charges that he supposedly hit a teammate on the head with a beer bottle. However, no assault charges were filed because of lack evidence.
Police authorities claim that Brooks hit then-teammate Lamar Divens with the bottle three times and then punched him in the face during an early morning argument June 8. Divens sustained a 3-inch cut on his forehead.
One more member of the defense, Demarcus Dobbs, was suspended for Week 1 last season as he was arrested on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession back in 2012.