Another NFL player is in the spotlight today after being arrested in an airport for allegedly making a bomb threat. Apparently after being selected for a random search, the man sarcastically stated that he had a bomb, prompting his arrest.
Aldon Smith is a player for the San Francisco 49ers and has been recently recorded while in handcuffs at Los Angeles Airport. According to the police statement Smith had become “belligerent” after being selected for a random search.
According to the police spokeswoman, Sgt. Karla Ortiz, “At approximately 1400 hrs, a 25-year-old male resident of San Jose, California, was going through Terminal 1 screening and was randomly selected for a secondary screening.”
“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 added.
From there, “Los Angeles Airport Police made contact with him at the gate and he was positively identified as the person in question.” She added, “Once again the male subject became uncooperative and he was detained and taken into custody by Airport Police and is currently being transported to LAPD for booking.”
During this time, video was taken of Smith saying that the police officers were an “embarrassment,” and would be sorry later. Eyewitness John Egan explained, “I heard him say, ‘I did nothing wrong,’” and added, “The whole thing ratcheted up from there. The cops were trying to calm him down. He wasn’t out of control; just agitated.”
Smith has since been charged with, “false report of a bomb,” that carries a maximum sentence of up to a year behind bars and a $100,000 fine. Needless to say, public outrage on the matter seems prevalent.
Many fans of Smith have taken to Twitter to surprisingly speak out against the man saying he should have just kept his mouth shut. One man, Mike S, stated, “I’m a diehard Niners fan, and he’s a great player. But Aldon Smith has got to go.”
Others weren’t so gentle and even took to calling Smith, “stupid,” and, “dumb,” while others even went so far as to demand he be kicked off the team. The 49ers aren’t calling it quits yet though as they recently announced, “We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith… As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”
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