Many are criticizing the San Francisco 49ers for not forcing Aldon Smith to go to rehab way back on Friday when he came to the 49ers’ facilities after being charged with a DUI earlier in the morning. However, head coach Jim Harbaugh‘s decision to play Smith on Sunday and then send him to rehab was the best choice possible.
While I understand that Smith’s drug habit should take precedence over a measly Week 3 NFL game, you have to take a look at the facts in this situation. Just because Smith was in trouble with the law doesn’t mean that the 49ers should feel inclined to send him away like he has the plague or something. If every football player that got arrested with a drug-related charge, the NFL would be comprised of a whole 14 guys!
Obviously that’s an overreaction, but San Francisco should still be commended for this action and not ridiculed.
Not to mention, by allowing Smith to play on Sunday versus the Indianapolis Colts, he was able to finish this drug-impacted chapter of his life on a good note. Now, he can head to rehab with the hunger to someday get back on the field and hopefully aid the 49ers back to the Super Bowl.