Raiders release suspended linebacker Aldon Smith following latest legal trouble
The 28-year-old Smith was allegedly involved in a domestic violence incident over the weekend
The news comes days after the linebacker was involved in. According to NBC Sports Bay Area, Smith was involved in an altercation on Saturday and fled the scene before police arrived and identified him as the suspect. The victim in the incident suffered non life-threatening injuries.
TMZ reported Monday that Smith checked himself into rehab following the incident.
The Raiders' press release on Monday was extremely brief and provided no details or statements from team officials. It simply read, "the Oakland Raiders have released LB Aldon Smith." End press release.
While the 28-year-old has proven to be a star pass rusher on the football field -- he was a 2011 first-round pick who recorded 44 sacks in 50 games with the San Francisco 49ers -- his once-promising career has been derailed by a heap of off-the-field issues -- including instances of substance abuse, a hit-and-run, domestic violence and possession of illegal assault weapons.
Smith hasn't played a snap since 2015 and is currently banned from the NFL due to his status as a repeat offender of the league's substance abuse program.
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