Frederickson: Scary signs amid Smith's football potential
SEP 20, 2013 6:04p ET
You don't remember me, but we met once at a house party in college a few years back. I remember because it looked like you were wearing the living room. Your hand was massive, twice the size of mine, when you stuck it out to shake. More importantly, I remember you seemed like a genuinely decent dude.
I can't help but think of that encounter when I see you on TV, stalking NFL quarterbacks just like you did at the University of Missouri. And I can't help but think of it when I scroll through Twitter and see you took another step down a dark and scary path.
Aldon, I'm concerned, and I don't think I'm the only one. I hope those close to you are making it known instead of burying their heads in the sand. When I read you practiced today — hours after police said your blood alcohol content was nearly twice California's legal limit to drive — I couldn't help but wonder which approach your team, the San Francisco 49ers, is taking.
Sometimes a DUI-related arrest is just a mistake, a costly misstep. Sometimes it's a warning sign. A second is always the latter. Always.
And there have been other signs, footnotes that have piled up at the bottom of