San Francisco 49ers’ star linebacker Aldon Smith’s checkered history with law enforcement off the field continued on Sunday, after the 24-year-old Pro Bowler was arrested after suggesting to security officials at the Los Angeles International Airport that he was carrying a bomb.
After being randomly selected for secondary screening, Smith reportedly became “belligerent and uncooperative with the process and with the TSA agent, making a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb before proceeding toward the gate area,” Sergeant Karla Ortiz said in a statement.
Smith was later arrested at his gate by airport police officers and taken into custody and booked for felony false report of a bomb threat. He was later released on Sunday evening on $20,000 bail, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a press release. “As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”
Sunday’s incident was the latest in a growing list of ugly incidents involving Smith since he joined the league three years ago. The linebacker sat out five games in the 2013 season in order to receive treatment for substance abuse after being arrested and charged in September on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possessing marijuana.
In October, Smith was charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, which stemmed from an incident that erupted during a party at his home, where he reportedly discharged a weapon in the air and was stabbed during a fight.