49er Linebacker Aldon Smith Arrested For Fake Bomb Threat At LAX
On Sunday, San Francisco 49ers defensive end Aldon Smith was detained at LAX airport in Los Angeles for being uncooperative with authorities, plus indicating that he might have a bomb. Several reports claim that the footballer yelled "bomb" in the terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, and was consequently taken into custody. He has been charged with a false bomb report, which means he could face up to a year in prison. Smith posted $20,000 bail on Sunday night.
According to Los Angeles police public information officer Karla Ortiz, Smith was going through security screening at Terminal 1 when he was randomly selected for secondary screening. This apparently didn't go down too well with the NFL player, who became uncooperative and started getting combative with the TSA agent who was trying to do the screening. It was then that Smith indicated that he had a bomb.
He then walked off toward his gate, which his where he was subsequently detained by five officers. It's thought that Smith had been drinking earlier in the day.
According to ESPN, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke issued this statement on Smith's arrest:
We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith. As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.
This is not the first time that Smith has had a run-in with the law. In September of last year he was arrested on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession, after which he took a five-week leave of absence from the 49ers to seek treatment for substance abuse.
He was also arrested on suspicion of DUI in January 2012, and in June of that year he was charged with three felony weapons counts from a party held at his house. He subsequently pleaded not guilty to the gun charges.