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Golden Nuggets: Well That Escalated Quickly

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from around the Internet

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Thearon W. Henderson

What a week. First, TMZ ran a story that Colin Kaepernick was being investigated for a sexual assault incident in Florida. At the end of the weekend, we hear news that Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for a false report of a bomb. Only thing I could think of what is happening with this team. Why are the Niners in the news for all the wrong reasons?

After the weekend, the story clears up in Colin's case. TMZ reported the case being a sexual assault charge when it was revealed that there was no sexual activity according to the woman. She reported being naked in a bed at Ricardo Lockette's apartment and waking up in the hospital with no recollection of how she got there. News broke out that Lockette had called the police to have her removed and that the fire department had transported her to hospital. How TMZ can "report" sexual assault and put Colin's name with that charge is irresponsible. I would not be surprised if Colin takes them to court for this false reporting. That kind of reporting could hurt his reputation and his ability to market himself.

Aldon Smith, on the other hand, is in serious trouble. Saying 'bomb' in an airport is not acceptable in this country. I hate the security screening at the airports, but you just can't say that word. With this being another legal issue for Aldon, he will have to be prepared for swift punishment from Roger Goodell. It may come even before the charges are actually resolved. All these legal issues makes the NFL and the 49ers look bad. This young man will most likely find himself suspended. But this could also effect his next contract and even his future as an NFL player.

Football Links:

Look at Salary Cap of the Defense (Williamson)

The Niners will definitely look for a player in the draft in light of Smith's legal situations | Niners could draft insurance for Smith (Maiocco)

Niners look at Colorado WR (Barrows)

Welcome back Brandon! (Wilkening)

Patton and whoever is drafted better be prepared to compete | What Lloyd signing means (Williamson)

WR competition (Maiocco)

Aldon decisions coming soon (Williamson)

'Very unlikely' Niners pick up Smith's option (Florio)

Non-Football Links:

A lengthy suspension is coming. Goodell let him off the hook before, but definitely not this time | What should Goodell do with Smith? (Bell)

Lott worried about Smith (Gantt)

One legal situation that was resolved with good results | Kilgore cleared of charges (Maiocco)

The story becomes clearer. Some media outlets need to wait for facts before jumping to conclusions that could hurt someone's reputation | Lockette called police twice about woman (Maiocco)

Aldon could be disciplined before charges are resolved (Florio)

Smith's Future (Inman)