A National Football League superstar was busted on Sunday evening at a Los Angeles International Airport security screening station after becoming confrontational with a TSA security officer -- and later airport police officers -- claiming he was armed with an explosive device, according to the Transportation Security Administration, which is part of the Homeland Security Department.
The 24-year-old Aldon Smith, a linebacker with the San Francisco 49ers, was selected for a secondary screening at the airport terminal as per TSA's standard operating procedure, at which point he allegedly became loud and uncooperative with the security officers, according to the LAX police department.
Besides his shouting and shoving, Smith threatened the TSA security screener with a bomb and he walked past the screening station towards the gate of his departing flight. When airport police officers met Smith near the gate to his flight, they claim he again became uncooperative and verbally abusive was taken into custody initially charged with disorderly conduct. Upon frisking Smith, officers confirmed he did not possess a bomb.
This latest arrest means that the pro-football star in now involved in three criminal cases, two of which involve driving under the influence (DUI) and possession of marijuana.
We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment."
In 2012, Aldon Smith was hailed as one of pro-football's best pass-rushers with a record 20 quarterback sacks that season.
Last November, Smith pleaded not guilty during his arraignment for felony possession of an assault weapon, Police allege that shots were fired at a party that left two guests wounded and the linebacker stabbed. The prosecution claims that police detectives discovered five unregistered firearms in Smith's home, including two Bushmaster rifles and an Armalite AR-10T, all of which are illegal to carry or own in California since they are considered "assault rifles."
"Prior cases involving terrorist threats with explosives have resulted in stiff prison sentences and are treated seriously by the U.S. government," said former police detective and anti-terrorism task force member Mike Snopes.