July 28, 2013; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) smiles while stretching during training camp at the Marie P. DeBartolo Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers’ Aldon Smith Could Face Criminal Charges For Illegal Possession of Weapons


July 28, 2013; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) smiles while stretching during training camp at the Marie P. DeBartolo Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Months after Ahmad Brooks was not charged for allegedly assaulting teammate Lamar Divens, San Francisco 49ers’ linebacker Aldon Smith is being sued and could face criminal charges for possessing illegal assault rifles, which could result in jail time.

Smith, along with ex-teammate Delanie Walker, is being sued by a man named Ronndale Esporlas, who claims that he was shot twice in the leg during a party hosted by the pair last summer. Both Smith and Walker drank heavily, according to the lawsuit, and it was a chaotic event. Two people wound up being shot, and Smith himself was stabbed.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Esporlas alleges that Smith and Walker went to the balcony, “brandished handguns, and began shooting in the air” in an effort to end the party. Then, a group of people on the street returned fire, which started a shootout between the two groups.

Esporlas is seeking unspecified damages from Smith and Walker.

In addition, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office is “leaning toward” charging Smith with possession of illegal assault rifles, the San Jose Mercury News reports.  According to the Merc, District Attorney Jeff Rosen does not want to look like he’s being “too soft on the wealthy” after being criticized for letting Brooks off the hook.

Smith didn’t have much to say when he spoke to reporters on Wednesday.

“Things happen,” he told the Chronicle. “You’ve just got to focus on the things that you do. I’m focused on playing against Green Bay, and we’ll see how it goes.”

Smith, 23, has blossomed into a star linebacker for the 49ers. He holds the 49ers record for most sacks in a single season with 19.5, as well as being named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro team last season.

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