Titans’ tight end, 49ers’ linebacker named in suit over alleged shooting
Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith have been named in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in California.
According to NFL.com, both Walker and Smith were named in the suit filed in Santa Clara County by Ronndale Esporlas.
Esporlas claims that he was shot last year while at a party that Smith hosted at his San Jose, Calif., home. He also alleges that Walker and Smith, who were teammates the previous year in San Francisco, fired weapons illegally.
A copy of the lawsuit obtained by NBC Bay Area, claims that Smith and his friends charged $10 to get into the party and $5 per drink. The NFL stars allegedly consumed significant amounts of alcohol and began firing multiple gunshots into the air in an attempt to end the party.
According to the court document, Esporlas claims that Smith and Walker knew the handguns were possessed illegally, but continued to fire numerous shots. He also alleges that Walker moved from the balcony of the home to the driveway and fired rounds toward some people at the party.
The suit goes on to allege that a group of people near the street fired shots back at the home and Esporlas was caught in the crossfire. The plaintiff claims that he was shot twice and sustained “serious, catastrophic and permanent injuries.” Smith was also reportedly stabbed during the party.
Last season, Walker had 21 receptions for 344 yards with three touchdowns in San Francisco. He signed a four-year deal with Tennessee in March. Smith, a former first-round draft pick, received All-Pro honors last year after recording 19.5 sacks and 49 tackles.