The San Francisco 49ers released trouble-prone outside linebacker Aldon Smith following his arrest for hit-and-run, driving under the influence and vandalism.
"It's a sad day," 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said. “This is a day that doesn’t have anything to do about football. Although he won’t will be playing football for the San Francisco 49ers, he will be supported, and he will be helped. He won’t have to walk this path alone. We’re not worried about football. It has nothing to do with football.”
Smith has a history of arrests and drinking issues.
“If one person out there reads this, and you’re struggling, get help,” Tomsula said. “Go get it. You’re worth it. There’s a value in every human being. Get the help. You don’t have to walk alone.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.