According to San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, linebacker Aldon Smith has made some undisclosed promises to the team. And Harbaugh remains in support of Smith.
Smith pleaded ‘no contest’ last week to three felony weapons charges along with two misdemeanor DUI counts. The incident has drawn nation wide attention and created a concern for the team to be there for players when having problems off the field.
“If someone comes to us and asks for help, I don’t want to ever say, ‘I can’t help you.’ We’ll help somebody or find somebody who can, and that includes working with the players — working with a player like Aldon and others,” Harbaugh said. “And I believe some changes ought to be made, some of those changes need to be made at the top. I’m not at the top-top. But I’m at or near the top, and I’ll do anything it takes to get something done or improve something or get better at something.”
Harbaugh also stated that he stands for due process.
“It’s part of a legal process,” he said. “I’m not an attorney or a judge, I’m a football coach. So I’ll let that go through the legal process. There’s nothing more I can add to it.”
Smith was paid full salary while taking a leave of absence to go to rehab. On May 3, the 49ers picked up Smith’s fifth-year option for $9.75 million for the 2015 season. Harbaugh mentioned that it was too early to say if he would remain the starting linebacker, however there is quite a good chance that he will keep the position.
Smith has been showing up to practice with the team and remains working hard. Overall, he is happy with the support the 49ers have given him.
“The 49ers have supported me,” Smith said. “As you can see, the option got picked up. And if I was a thug or something, I don’t think they’d take those chances.”