Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Football FAIL! ~ Oakland Raiders Linebacker Aldon Smith is Suspended from the NFL for 1 Year for Violating the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy ~ Call Michael A. Haber, Esq. @ 1-888-SHARK-8-1

Meet Aldon Smith, Oakland Raiders' linebacker.  That's him below....

Smith was originally drafted seventh (7th) overall in the first (1st) round of the 2011 draft by the San Francisco 49er's out of Missouri and he emerged as one of the NFL's top defenders in 2012 with a franchise-record of 19.5 sacks during the team's run to the Super Bowl.  Fast forward to last week and Smith, now a "Raider" was suspended by the NFL for one (1) full calendar year because of violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The "Niners" had released Smith on August 7, 2015 following his fifth (yes his 5th) run-in with the law a night earlier on an off day from training camp.  The 49er franchise parted ways with Smith after the Santa Clara police had arrested him for drunken driving, hit and run and vandalism.  In that incident Smith was accused of colliding with a parked vehicle while parking his car, then causing further damage to the parked vehicle with his car door.   The scene was only a couple of miles from 49ers team headquarters, at or on the street of Smith's former luxury apartment complex.  Authorities said that Smith had left the scene without reporting the collision or providing any identifying information.  He was contacted by officers and reportedly displayed "objective symptoms of being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage".  That was the latest known incident for Smith in a long list of off-field issues, including a) missing time during the 2013 season to undergo treatment at an inpatient facility following his DUI arrest on Sept. 20, 2013, b) pleading not guilty to three (3) felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a June 2012 party at his home, c) being arrested on April 13, 2014 at Los Angeles International Airport after being randomly selected for a secondary screening, becoming uncooperative with the process and reportedly telling a TSA agent that he had a bomb.

Prior to his most recent suspension Smith had been in a contract year, starting seven (7) games, playing in nine (9) for the Raiders and finishing his second straight suspension shortened season with 28 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks.   In fact Smith had just come off of one (1) of his best games of the season in Oakland's 30-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday when he had a sack and three (3) quarterback hurries. Smith had missed the first nine (9) games of the 2014 season while serving another NFL suspension for violations of both the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies, and had signed a one (1) year contract with Oakland just two (2) days before this season's opener (which, but for his latest suspension) could have earned him as much as $8 million with bonuses and incentives).

Knowing what was coming Smith reportedly went through the locker room to say goodbye to his teammates just before the suspension was officially announced.  He released a statement later that night thanking the Raiders, their fans and owner Mark Davis for their support, stating: "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."   Memo to Aldon Smith:

Memo to Aldon Smith continued:  You managed to make it into the NFL.  The elite. The best of the best.  This gave you fame, fortune and, most importantly, the ability to do that which you (presumably) love, for a living; but with that came something else...

Memo to Aldon Smith continued:  You have a responsibility to your team(mates), to the fans, to the community and mostly to the kids.  Whether you like it or not you are a role model and a hero and an icon, and that requires you to step it up a notch and not be / act like a douche baggerous, spoiled, entitled piece of crap.  If you can, and if it's not too late, then please 1) find yourself and 2) use your God-given talent to a) make a better life for yourself b) for your family, c) for your community and d) to help kids to responsibly develop their potential and live their dreams...   on the field and out of prison.

When it comes to the subject of drinking and driving, the best advice that you are ever going to hear is:  "Don't do it!  Get a DD (Designated Driver), not a DUI".

Be smart{er than Aldon Smith}: Don't drink and drive, but, if you do, just say "NO{thing}", don't blow (in FL your 2nd subsequent refusal is a crime) and call me stat at 305-381-8686, 305-798-2220 or 1-888-SHARK-8-1.

Michael A. Haber, P.A.: Providing creative, effective and zealous criminal defense litigation services primarily in SoFlo since 1991.

At Michael A. Haber, P.A. "Its all about reasonable doubt"! 

Michael A. Haber, Esq. is prepared to speak with you about your case!

Cell: 305-798-2220; Office: 305-381-8686; Toll Free: 1-888-SHARK-8-1


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