On Sunday, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport and charged with false report of a bomb threat. Reports say that Smith was chosen at random for a secondary screening by a TSA agent, and it was then that Smith uttered the sentence that everyone knows is off limits at the airport.
After the TSA agent had finished the security screen, Smith had a back and forth that landed him in the hands of authorities. Smith inquired, “Are you going to search me further?” When the agent responded that it wasn’t needed, the athlete said “Why not? I have a bomb.” From there, Aldon Smith was booked for California Penal Code 148.1(a) – False report of a bomb threat- and had to pay $20,000 in bail money.
From the situation presented by authorities, it seems that Smith was doing nothing more than trying to make a very unfunny joke to someone who is not allowed to joke. However, do not think that I am supporting Smith and his idiotic actions. I think that this incident involved a rich athlete who thought that he was above the law. Like so many other athletes that have been in trouble, a combination of the fame and riches made Smith think that he gets to do whatever he wants.
To pile on, Aldon Smith was also arrested last September for suspicion of driving under the influence, proving that he has no intent to listen to the law. Like thousands of athletes before him, Smith thought that being admired as an athlete gave him a hall pass to do whatever he pleases.
However, it seems like people are getting tired of head cases in the NFL. Taking DeSean Jackson as example, the Philadelphia Eagles could not handle the baggage that came with their star wide receiver, so they had to let him go. The same type situation may happen to Aldon Smith- who is racking up his own baggage- and, in my opinion, just making himself look like an idiot.
But the fate of Aldon Smith will not be up to the 49ers organization, since the linebacker is facing up to a year in federal prison for his joke. If Smith does spend some time in jail, maybe that will ground him and result in a better man coming out; or he may use his immense riches to get himself out of trouble. Either way, I hope that Smith has learned his lesson about what is acceptable to say at airports (and if he didn’t here is a hint: don’t say “I have a bomb”).
Overall, I have one more question for Aldon Smith: Was it really worth it?