It seems former National Football League (NFL) linebacker Aldon Smith simply finds it hard to stay out of trouble. In yet another wild turn, Smith was arrested for the third time in two months. This time, the 28-year-old footballer recently showed up at the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department (SFSD) with 0.40 blood alcohol content (BAC) – five times California’s legal driving limit. According to prosecutors, Smith was at the SFSD for being fitted with electronic alcohol-testing ankle monitors and GPS.
According to Dr. Keith Humphreys, an addiction expert and professor in Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, as Smith was able to walk around at 0.40, he is struggling with chronic alcohol use disorder (AUD). “That amount of alcohol is the equivalent of the anesthesia for major surgery. A normal-type person would be blacked out unconscious and at risk of a coma,” Humphreys told The San Francisco Chronicle.
Smith’s troubles began on March 3, 2018, when he was slapped with domestic violence charges involving his fiancée Shawna McKnight. He was arrested later when he violated the successive March 12 court order to stay away from McKnight. Although, Smith had faced alcohol-related charges earlier, his recent appearance at the Sherriff’s office in a terribly intoxicated condition got him booked for violation of the court order. His bail amount has been set at $500,000. According to Assistant District Attorney Courtney Burris, Smith has been advised treatment in a residential alcohol abuse rehabilitation center after considering his drinking problem.
Being the No. 7 overall pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, Smith spent his first four seasons with the Bay Area football team, before signing with the Raiders in 2015. During the peak of his career, Smith rose to fame as a dominant pass rusher, recording 33.5 sacks in over the first two seasons in the NFL. However, lately, he has been hounded by controversies and serious allegations, including substance abuse and illegal possession of weapons, which have taken a toll on his sporting career. He hasn’t played in a single NFL game since the 2015 season.
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