San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith apologized for his Friday morning arrest after the team’s 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
“First off, I wanted to apologize to the team, the organization, my family, everybody that I let down.” Smith said. “I also wanted to let it be known that this is a problem. It’s something I will get fixed, and I will do everything in my power to make sure that this never happens again.
“I also want to let everybody know that once again, I’m sorry, and, like I said, this won’t happen again.”
Smith recorded five tackles on Sunday. He will not play during the team’s Week 4 matchup in St. Louis on Thursday, and will be out indefinite with no timetable for a return.
“As an organization, we have talked to him,” said 49ers CEO Jed York. “We feel like there was no right decision, there was no right way to do it, but this was in our opinion the best way to do it. We’re going to support Aldon to the fullest as long as he is willing to support himself toward making things right.”
“We are very fortunate that nobody got hurt (during Friday morning’s incident), Aldon included, and anybody else. We want to make sure that Aldon is never in a position like this again.”
“Our position was, sitting somebody down and paying them to sit down when they’re going to see treatment in the future, that didn’t seem like an appropriate punishment,” York continued. “I know it might not seem reasonable, but for Aldon to be able to face the media, to face his teammates and take full responsibility for what he is doing, we felt that was the best situation for Aldon himself and for the team and ultimately the community at large. I realize people might not agree with that decision, but that was the decision we felt was best.”