According to police, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, 24, had been arrested at LAX yesterday after claiming he had a bomb during a security screening.
He had been randomly selected for a secondary screening at Terminal 1 when he “became belligerent and uncooperative with the process,” according to airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz.
He then said something to the Transportation Security Administration agent “indicating he was in possession of a bomb before proceeding towards the gate area,” said Ortiz.
When LAPD officers arrived on the scene, he continued to be “uncooperative” and was then detained.
The General Manager of the 49ers said this in a statement: “We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith. As this is is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”
In September, Smith was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana and driving under the influence. He gave an apology to the football team, saying “this is a problem and it’s something that I will get fixed, and that I’ll do everything in my power to make sure that this never happens again.”
The following month, he had been “charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of assault rifles stemming from a raucous party at his San Jose home in June 2012.”
In Smith’s three years with the 49ers, he has amassed 110 tackles and 42 sacks.