San Francisco 49ers pro bowl DE Aldon Smith was allegedly detained by police for yelling ‘bomb’ at LAX. TMZ writes that Smith was involved in a loud argument with an airport worker at his gate, and the Sacramento Bee adds some corroborating details from the police report:
The suspect then 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 towards the gate area. Los Angeles Airport Police made contact with him at the gate and he was positively identified as the person in question. Once again the male subject became uncooperative and he was detained and taken into custody by Airport Police and is currently being transported to LAPD for booking.
Aldon Smith — 49ers Superstar Arrested at LAX … Allegedly Yelled ‘Bomb’ in Airport http://t.co/aOTz256ua5
— TMZ (@TMZ) April 13, 2014
A Los Angeles World Airport police spokesperson released the following statement on the altercation to NFL.com:
“At approximately 1400 hrs, a 24 year-old Aldon Jacarus Ramon Smith, a resident of San Jose, California, was going through Terminal 1 screening where he made a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb. Los Angeles Airport Police made contact with him in the gate area where he became uncooperative. After conducting their investigation, LA Airport Police took suspect into custody and transported him to LAPD-Pacific division where he was booked for California Penal Code 148.1(a) – False report of a bomb threat.”
Witnesses told the Sacramento Bee that the suspect is Smith; the 49ers defender was arrested both last year and in 2012 for DUI, and faced felony weapons charges stemming from a night in which he was stabbed at his own house party.
[UPDATE: The 49ers have released a statement:
“We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith. As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”]
[UPDATE: After Smith missed five games last season while in rehab following a single car DUI accident, it was natural to question if he might have been drinking before arriving at the airport.
“He was not what we considered to be intoxicated,” said LAX Police Sgt. Karla Ortiz, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, “but he appeared as if he had been drinking earlier in the day.”
Ortiz later said that Smith was not administered a BAC test because that was not relevant to the arrest. The 49ers have not commented on Smith since their statement last night indicating that they were “disappointed” and “gathering pertinent facts”.]