Originally posted by Tigerlaw:
The CBA does not require Aldon Smith to actually PLAY. The CBA prevents teams from punitively "suspending" a player according to all the rumors floating around.
The technical term "suspension" might mean something specific under the CBA (i.e., relating to forfeiting the game check etc.)
However, there are other managerial options available other than a "suspension." Every week players are deactivated. Every week players don't get in the game despite being active.
The 49ers clearly didn't fear the almighty CBA when Dobbs had his Fri drunken car crash last year. Dobbs didn't fly with the team to the game in STL.
Who cares really? I don't mean to be crass, but It's just not that imporrtant if the 9ers want to get Aldon in to tthe game as opposed to Dobbs a year ago.
There's a lot of ways to argue it, and it could mean they are hypocrites. I can swing with that.
But, the important thing is that the issue is being handled immediately and it's time for the kid to take responsibility for his own life and get back on track. I'm glad we're in the process of doing that.