The San Francisco 49ers picked up Aldon Smith's option on Friday, amidst reports he had sat down with general manager Trent Baalke and likely other team officials. The 49ers have not issued a public statement about the conversation of the meeting(s), but there is some information leaking out.
According to Sgt. Ortiz, Smith was going through screening when he asked the TSA agent, "Are you going to search me further?"
Smith was told, "That's not necessary," according to Sgt. Ortiz.
Then, Smith responded, according to Sgt. Ortiz, "Why not? I have a bomb."
Smith was arrested at LAX, but has not yet been charged by the Los Angeles City Attorney's office. The City Attorney's office is considering a misdemeanor charge of false report of a bomb threat, but according to various reports, they have requested more information.
I have to say, I would have paid money to be a fly on the wall during the conversation between Aldon and the 49ers. And that is not just to know what he said about the LAX incident. Rather, just to know how he approached the team about this. Given the 49ers decision to exercise the option, I have to imagine he showed a certain level of contrition, but it remains to be seen how he explained the incident in Los Angeles. As long as he is not trying to push away blame for whatever mistake he did make (however small or big it proved to be), hopefully he is on the road to sorting out any issues he has.