Aldon Smith suspended one year for violating substance abuse policy
After being had been arrested for DUI, hit and run, and vandalism in August, there was speculation Aldon Smith could receive a one-year suspension from the NFL based on a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
On Tuesday, we learned that will indeed be the case, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
NFL is suspending Raiders' LB Aldon Smith one year for his role in an Aug. 28 incident, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 17, 2015
For the August incident, Smith was charged with three misdemeanors: DUI with prior conviction & refusal to submit to chemical test, hit & run with property damage, and Vandalism under $400. He was also arrested for DUI in 2013.
Despite the August incident hanging over his head, Smith was signed by the Raiders to a one-year contract in September and played in nine games this season. He recorded 28 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Both the Raiders and Aldon Smith released statements on the matter with Oakland indicating he is still in their future plans.
Statements from Raiders and Aldon smith on his suspension pic.twitter.com/thOkYQJw8G
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 18, 2015