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Aldon Smith Reportedly Arrested for Yelling ‘Bomb’ in an Airport [UPDATE: Smith Possibly Intoxicated at Time of Arrest]

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.

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”.]

 

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Tennessee Titans Officially Release Running Back Chris Johnson

The CJ2K era in Tennessee has come to an end, as the Titans have released 28-year-old veteran running back Chris Johnson. 

The team also released a statement on Johnson’s release, according to Adam Caplan of NFL Network:

Statement from Titans General Manager Ruston Webster

“As an organization, we want to thank Chris for his contributions to the Titans. Chris produced many memorable moments, broke franchise records and was durable over his six year career with our team.

We have had an open dialogue with Chris’ agent, Joel Segal, over the last few weeks, and we appreciate the patience and professionalism they have shown throughout this process. We made an effort to trade Chris but were unable to do so.

We wish Chris the best and thank him for the six seasons he spent with us.”

The lightning-fast Johnson was one of the league’s most dynamic and explosive playmakers early in his career. He ran for 2,006 yards in 2009 and is one of only six players to run for at least 1,000 yards in his first six seasons, along with Barry Sanders, Curtis Martin, LaDainian Tomlinson, Eric Dickerson and Corey Dillon.

But Johnson averaged a career-worst 3.9 yards a carry and didn’t have a run longer than 30 yards in 2013. He was scheduled to make $8 million in 2014.

Given this production, Johnson’s contract was insanely excessive, and the Titans made the right move by moving on from him. 

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DeSean Jackson Cut by Philadelphia Eagles Following Report of Gang Connections

The Philadelphia Eagles on Friday released wide receiver DeSean Jackson, a move that comes just two years after the playmaker signed a five-year contract extension.

Jackson was released by the Eagles less than 45 minutes after a story about his gang connections appeared on NJ.com.

NFL teams have become more cautious since last summer, when former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who also reportedly had gang ties, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

The controversial wide receiver released the following statement after being let go, via Adam Schefter of ESPN

First I would like to thank the Eagles organization, the Eagles fans and the city of Philadelphia for my time in Philly. I would also like to thank coach Andy Reed for bringing me in. Secondly, I would like to address the misleading and unfounded reports that my release has anything to do with any affiliation that has been speculated surrounding the company I keep off of the field. I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang. I am not a gang member and to speculate and assume that I am involved in such activity off the field is reckless and irresponsible. I work very hard on and off the field and I am a good person with good values. I am proud of the accomplishments that I have made both on and off the field. I have worked tirelessly to give back to my community and have a positive impact on those in need. It is unfortunate that I now have to defend myself and my intentions. These reports are irresponsible and just not true . I look forward to working hard for my new team. God Bless

Jackson is coming off the best year of his NFL career, as he set or matched career highs in receptions (82), receiving yards (1,332) and receiving touchdowns (nine) in head coach Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense.

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Falcons’ Roddy White to Pay Up After Twitter Bet, Throws in Super Bowl Tickets

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver White found himself in a tough spot last week after he made a bet with a Twitter follower that No. 3 Duke would beat No. 14 Mercer in the second round of the 2014 NCAA tournament.

White, who told fan Dylan Hoyt he would give him season tickets on the 50-yard line if 14th-seeded Mercer beat third-seeded Duke in the NCAA basketball tournament, ended up following through with his promise days after Mercer upset Duke, 78-71. A team official confirmed White would present Hoyt with two seasons tickets and two Super Bowl tickets.

Hoyt also will receive pregame sideline passes to any one game and will be a guest of White’s at training camp, where he’ll sit in the VIP section and talk to players after practice.

White had originally tweeted that he would give the follower season tickets on the 50-yard line, but he later said that he would give the fan two tickets to the Falcons’ game against the Chicago Bears.

Some people felt that White—who signed a six-year, $50 million deal back in 2009—should honor the original bet, which left the receiver in a bit of a dilemma.

White had this to say after paying off the bet per ESPN:

“I’m a man of integrity and definitely a man of my word, and the kid is a great kid,” White said “We have talked about it for days while people were just speculating. And being a father, you have to be responsible for your actions. I have always been a ‘say what you do and do what you say’ type of guy. And I wanted to add some incentives because he was so cool.”

Classy move by White. He makes a valid point that he shouldn’t have to pay up, considering the fan didn’t have anything to lose on the wager. However, White decided to go above and beyond for the fan. 

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