According to reports, Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Aldon Smith has checked himself into rehab, for undisclosed reasons, as of yet. Although this comes after a Periscope video surfaced, showing a man who is believed to be Smith talking about a fire-up session and smoking what is suspected to be a marijuana joint. Talking to another person who could not be seen, “They don’t know me. It’s not like I put Aldon Smith…” said the man in the video.
The video in question was posted in the Periscope account of “Ravenga” in July. The account, according to sources, belongs to Smith, using it to post live videos and interact with his fans. But the linebacker has denied that the man in the video is actually him, taking to Twitter to address speculations.
This still does not get rid of the athlete’s streak of controversies which includes missing a month of games after a stint in a rehab center in 2013. He was also given a nine-game suspension in 2014 for violating personal conduct and substance abuse policies of the NFL. The same year, Smith was arrested for an alleged bomb threat at the Los Angeles International Airport, while undergoing terminal screening.
In 2015, he was again accosted by law enforcers for a set of DUI, hit and run and vandalism charges. This prompted the San Francisco 49ers, the team that drafted him in 2011, to release the linebacker, after which he joined the Raiders.
At present, Smith is still (and already) serving a one-year suspension slapped by the league last November for violating substance abuse programs and policies. The NFL is now investigating the video, which will surely put his career in the balance.
(When he is on the field) Smith is an effective linebacker, registering 180 combined tackles, 47.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in his 59 career games with both the 49ers and the Raiders.
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