Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers was arrested on Sunday after making a false bomb report. Aldon became upset while waiting in a security checkpoint line at LAX when he was picked for a secondary screening. According to a Monday report by the Los Angeles Times, he was argumentative and belligerent with a Transportation Security Administration screener when he made a comment about having a bomb.
Aldon was randomly selected for the more invasive screening and it caused him to become upset. According to Sgt. Karla Ortiz of the LAPD, Smith was "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." It was at that point that officials had no choice but to arrest him.
San Francisco 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke released a brief statement, "“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." Aldon Smith was released from an custody on Sunday evening after posting $20,000 bail.
Smith has a history of bad behavior in his short time playing for the San Francisco 49ers. His most recent arrest prior to the airport incident was in September when Aldon was pulled over and arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.
In June 2012, Aldon Smith was the center of a gun investigation stemming from an out-of-control party at his San Jose home. Smith was in possession of five weapons that were not registered. To make matters worse, three of them were not even legal to own in the state of California.
It is unclear what the San Francisco 49ers will do with Aldon Smith. They have three weeks to determine if they will exercise a fifth year option on his rookie contract. Considering he is one of the best linebackers in the NFL, the 49ers certainly don't want to let him go but they can't afford to have him keep breaking the law either.