San Francisco 49ers player Aldon Smith surrendered Tuesday to a California district attorney on felony charges of illegal possession of an assault weapon and was released on $75,000 bail.
Smith turned himself in as part of a prosecutorial deal after he was charged with the three felony counts in early October, CBS Sports said
, regarding an incident at a party in June 2012. He faces more than four years in jail if found guilty.
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Smith is on leave from the 49ers after a DUI arrest in September and entering rehab, Fox Sports said
“We’ve been aware of the incident, the serious nature of it,” Fox reported 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said previously. “We’re all accountable for our actions, good and bad. There’s a process, due process, that will take place. I don’t feel any need to comment further on it.”
The next step in Smith’s due process will be Nov. 12, when he has a court hearing on the weapons counts. Then on Nov. 19, he’ll have a hearing on the DUI and drug charges, CBS said.
“The issue here is not to discipline players,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told CBS. “The issue is to stop the behavior. And Aldon ... has voluntarily said, ‘I need help.’ We are obviously there to support him, and the 49ers did a great job getting him into a facility to try to get that help. We all support that.”
Goodell told CBS that Smith’s willingness to seek treatment will be taken into account by the NFL as the organization determines sanctions for his behavior.
Wednesday morning, after his release on bail Tuesday night, Smith stopped by to see the 49ers, CBS Sports said. It was “great” to see Smith, Harbaugh told CBS, but he refused to comment on Smith’s future with the team.
“I think the prudent thing to do is look at it day-to-day and have a goal of having a great day,” Harbaugh told CBS. “He’s been taking that approach, really over the last five weeks. And it’s served him well and he’s (made) quite a bit of progress.”
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