The hammer of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has fallen hard on 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith. Goodell suspended Smith for nine football games due to his violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy and substance abuse policy. Smith will start his suspension this Saturday and will finish on November 10th, the day after the 49ers play the New Orleans Saints.
The heavy suspension came shortly after Smith wrapped up his criminal cases involving DUI, possession of marijuana, and possession of weapons. Just before the start of training camp, the 24 year-old plead no contest to the DUI and weapons charges and was sentenced to three years of probation and 11 days of work crew.
After his DUI arrest back in September 2013, Smith was suspended indefinitely from the team and sought out help with substance abuse. He enrolled himself in an in-patient treatment center and has claimed he has remained sober ever since. When deciding Smith’s punishment, Goodell said he considered Smith’s time in rehab and that it was in his favor.
Niners general manager Trent Baalke supported his star athlete when he released this statement on Friday, “Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it as a team. Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him, but it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead.”
And yes, they better focus on their season ahead, because the Seahawks are ready to be the World Champs again! Go Hawks!!
Written by Senior DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney David O
Co-written by Sarah Ann
Rapper 2 Chainz hired the right criminal defense attorney to defend him against possession of marijuana allegations – because as of yesterday the drug charges have been dropped! The Maryland State judge concluded there was not enough evidence to support the allegation the marijuana belonged solely to 2 Chainz.
Remember that arrest back in February, 2 Chainz gets busted by police for possession of marijuana and is arrested while the other 6 people in his van were allowed to leave. Hmmm, 7 people in a van smelling like burnt marijuana and only one is arrested, which happened to be the driver 2 Chainz. Not the best decision for Maryland police to only arrest 1 out of seven, but at least they got a photo op with the rapper while they were booking him at the station! Check out my earlier blog “Rapper 2 Chainz Forced to take Pics with Cops after being Arrested for Marijuana” for all the arrest details.
High probability 2 Chainz is still tweeting “smh” (shaking my head), despite his marijuana case victory.
Written by S.O
Dang, what a Valentines Day for Rapper 2 Chainz, pulled over for speeding, popped for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, then taken to the police station booked and later forced to take celebrity photos with two local officers. It’s not like 2 Chainz had an option to say no to taking the pics, he didn’t want to piss off the officers and add obstruction of justice to his list of charges. Besides it is in 2 Chainz best interest to keep his fans happy, just look at these pleased police smiles, they love 2 Chainz!
Valentines evening around 9 PM, 2 Chainz was driving 79 miles an hour on Route 50 heading to his concert appearance at the University of Maryland. A state trooper pulled him over for speeding. Upon questioning the Grammy nominated rapper and 6 other passengers, the state patrol officer smelled an odor of burnt marijuana, providing a reason for the officer to search 2 Chainz’s white van.
Officers found trace amounts of marijuana and a grinder (a device to smash cannabis) on 2 Chainz which led to his arrest. The 6 other passengers were allowed to leave. 2 Chainz was taken to Maryland Police Station and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Upon his release that night, 2 Chainz abided the cops request and took the fan photo. The rapper left the police station furious and began tweeting about the situation, “We [went] to jail for a grinder??? REALLY???…da f-k u know? Haha wut a valentines day!!!…Locked me up and then Wanted pictures smh (shaking my head).
If found guilty of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, 2 Chainz will have to pay some pocket change of $1000.00 and will spend up to a year in the pokey.
Written by S.O