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5 Reasons Why Aldon Smith Deserves Lengthy Suspension

5 Reasons Why Aldon Smith Deserves A Lengthy Suspension

Aldon Smith
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The 49ers obviously thought they hit one out of the park with 2011 No. 7 overall draft pick OLB Aldon Smith. After all, he was the fastest player in NFL history to rack up 30 sacks (27 games). Unfortunately, what they didn't bank on were the off-field issues that have come along with him. Since drafted, he has been arrested on four separate occasions, including multiple felony counts. Here are five reasons why Smith must be punished by the NFL.

5. Public Perception

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5. Public Perception

Aldon Smith
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Unfortunately, the public perception regarding NFL superstars is that special players receive special attention. Basically, the general feeling is that extremely talented players tend to get away with far more than the average starter. With Smith, the proof is in the pudding. After all, how many teams would stand by an average player with multiple DUIs, multiple felonies and a recent airport bomb threat? Not many.

4. People Are Getting Physically And Emotionally Hurt, Including Smith

OLB Aldon Smith
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4. People Are Getting Physically And Emotionally Hurt, Including Smith

OLB Aldon Smith
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On June 30, 2012, Aldon Smith threw a party at his home. Apparently, this party got a bit out of control and in the end, Smith himself was stabbed and two other partygoers were shot. Smith was subsequently arrested for three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon. Pair all of that with two separate DUIs and the mental terror felt by the innocent bystanders near his fake, public bomb threat, and you have a lot of victims.

3. Smith Needs Someone To Punish Him Since the Legal System Didn't

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3. Smith Needs Someone To Punish Him Since the Legal System Didn't

Aldon Smith
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Despite a plethora of legal charges against Smith, the U.S. Justice System has once again failed the public miserably, essentially giving Smith less than a slap on the wrist. He received a meager sentence of just 12 days in jail and three years probation, awfully sad for a man who has proven to be a danger to himself and others. In this case, the NFL must step in and do the right thing; a serious suspension.

2. Allowing Smith To Play Unpunished Is Insulting To the NFL and Its Players

OLB Aldon Smith
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2. Allowing Smith To Play Unpunished Is Insulting To the NFL and Its Players

OLB Aldon Smith
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Former NFL player Chris Kluwe said, "The NFL is a league where you can get redemption for killing someone, for beating your wife in an elevator, for a whole variety of things ... but when you speak out for civil rights, that's the one thing you can't get redeemed for." This isn't how the NFL wants to be seen, but not punishing Smith while Kluwe is blacklisted by teams for speaking out for pro-gay rights seems to lend his statement credibility.

1. Smith Clearly Hasn't Learned Yet, But He Must Learn Consequences

OLB Aldon Smith
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1. Smith Clearly Hasn't Learned Yet, But He Must Learn Consequences

OLB Aldon Smith
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From Jan. 2012-April 2014, Smith was involved in four serious off-field incidents. While the former Missouri Tiger briefly tried to clean up his image by entering rehab in 2013, he clearly learned nothing as he was arrested in L.A. for his infamous fake bomb threat. Right now, Smith doesn't deserve the privilege of being an NFL player and obviously needs help.