Originally posted by niners94:
Originally posted by sfout:
Originally posted by IMnotsoHO:
Knowing Goodell, he'll probably suspend Aldon for four games as soon as he returns.
The 9ers are expecting it. Beat writers have all said that the NFL is likely to suspend him 2-4 games when he returns.
That's stupid. He's already missing games. It should count for something that he's getting help.
I disagree. For starters, Smith is still receiving full paychecks while he is away from the team. In reality, the team is not treating it is as a punishment, but rather a supported leave of absence to help him recover.
I think rehab will help lessen the eventual sentence from the league office, and that they will take notice and be appreciative of it. However, that doesn't change the fact that he's had three serious run-ins with the law (one DUI, one reduced DUI, the outrageous behavior at his party/illegal gun possession), and I think he needs to be punished for those -- both in game eligibility and in his wallet.
My guess is he gets 2 games when he comes back. He would probably have been looking at 4-6 if it weren't for the rehab.