In the aftermath of the 49ers’ decision to release outside linebacker Aldon Smith, coach Jim Tomsula implored individuals with substance-abuse issues to seek help.
And one day after Smith re-emerged in the NFL with the Raiders, Tomsula said he and the members of the organization are more concerned with Smith as an individual, not as a football player. Smith had been a member of the organization since the 49ers selected him with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2011 draft.
“All I, or anybody here, want from Aldon is a great life,” Tomsula said on Saturday. “Again, everything there doesn’t have anything to do with football. I don’t want to speak for other people, but I would feel confident saying that about this whole organization -- everybody in that locker room. All we want is best for him. We want him to have a great life.”
Upon announcing the team’s release of Smith on Aug. 7 following his incident with police, including a third arrest for alleged DUI, Tomsula said the 49ers would not turn its back on Smith.
“Although he won’t be playing football for the San Francisco 49ers, he will be supported and helped,” Tomsula said. “And he will not have to walk this path alone. That comes from our ownership down. He will not have to walk this path alone. We’re not worried about football. It has nothing to do with football.”
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Smith served a nine-game suspension at the beginning of last season for violations of the NFL's policies on substance abuse and personal conduct. Tomsula would not divulge on Friday whether Smith accepted the 49ers’ public offer of support during the month that Smith was a free agent.
“That’s his business and I’m not going to get into any of that, out of respect (for him),” Tomsula said.
On Friday, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office filed three misdemeanor charges against Smith stemming from an Aug. 6 incident in the parking garage of his apartment complex. Smith was charged with DUI with a prior conviction and refusal to submit to a chemical test; hit and run with property damage; and vandalism under $400.
Smith is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 6. Smith faces incarceration in county jail, if convicted, according to the DA’s office.