Originally posted by JimA49ers:
Originally posted by BrianGO:
I am a Aldon Smith supporter, but the comments above are kind of ridiculous.
Originally posted by BobS:
Originally posted by BrianGO:
No proof he is a good guy, what is there to admire? Dude won the genetic lottery, so far that is it.
Originally posted by xela510:
NOt the first time we've heard this talk from aldon.
I agree. Nor will it be the last. He is a good guy, and I really admire him.
Evidence Aldon Smith is a good guy:
-- He has engaged the local community and invited them to his home. Who hasn't?
-- He put his health / life at risk to break up a knife fight and save people from getting hurt. Just don't engage with "friends" that are like this to begin with.
-- He has worked with teammates to try and protect the local community from gangs. ok, I'll buy that.
-- He has publicly protested against the TSA, their unlawful searches, and unlawful arrests. neither good or bad.
-- He has trained with the local sheriffs office, improving the skill of law enforcement in the community. that's a stretch.
-- He has brought awareness to California citizens, of the absurd gun laws in California. all a matter of opinion, which can only get bad publicity.
-- He has never driven on major expressways or freeways while making the mistake of being under the influence of alcohol.and you need to get credit for this?
-- His teammates like him and defend him and his character.ok, but this only adds a little credibility.
-- His interviews with team officials have convinced them to commit to him. again, adds just a little credibility.
-- He is sought out by the media because people want to hear what he has to say.ummm,,,same thing with dick sherman.
-- He has been recognized by the NFL as a high achiever.he's a great NFL player. Has nothing to do with being a good guy. So was Charles Haley.
-- He has never been suspended by the NFL.It takes A LOT to be suspended. I never had my license suspended, does that automatically make me a good guy?
-- He decided to seek personal help on his own when it was needed. Best thing he ever did for his reputation.
-- He has never been convicted of a felony or been in prison. so have 99% of the world.
-- He has never hit a woman. really listing out EVERYTHING. So far, Ray Rice is the only one I know who has. While you're at it, why don't you put down "never threw trash on the neighbors lawn.
-- He has never sexually assaulted a woman.Again with the giving of "good guy" credit just for living life like a human.
-- He tweets wise words, and sage wisdom on twitter. Oh by all means, he should be made a saint for this.
-- He's a 49er fan and helps his team win games.So he's for the team that pays him millions? BRILLIANT!
-- He has helped the organization build a new stadium in Santa Clara, by generating excitement for the team with his play on the field.see "Brilliant" comment above.
-- Instead of taunting the opponent after a sack, he has been known to run off the field and sit down with his arms folded on his lap like a gentleman.Did that once.
Obviously, I am spinning every shred of what I know about Aldon to make a case for him, but I am also making the point that Aldon's off-field problems may be great in number, but they are not as egregious as plenty of celebrated Hall-of-Famers, Super Bowl Champions, and other players still in the league.
It's a bit tongue-in-cheek, but Aldon has shown courage in an effort to help others. That is significant.
Also, his DUI's need to be put into perspective. I feel they are about as minor offenses as DUI's get in terms of INTENT. You have to compare it with players who have driven on expressways, freeways, and in crowded locations. Those are far more dangerous and callous offenses. So again, it is significant that Aldon has only been caught in a 25 mph zone in the middle of the night. Dangerous yes, but not when compared with someone driving on a freeway.
His offenses are minor, tabloid stuff, nothing that clearly demonstrates he doesn't give a crap about the safety of others or himself. He has stepped over the line of what is legal, but only with one foot.
[ Edited by BrianGO on May 7, 2014 at 9:54 PM ]