The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office with not charge 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith in connection to the LAX bomb threat incident in April, reports ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson (via Twitter). Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News tweets that the player has a July 30 hearing to discuss the incident, and Tom Pelissero of USA Today tweets that the Attorney’s Office has the right to file charges up to a year after the arrest.
Smith was arrested by Los Angeles International Airport police on April 13 after making an alleged bomb threat to a TSA agent. The player has maintained his innocence, telling Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com that “a lot of these things are being painted in a picture that’s not true.”
While the news must certainly be a relief to Smith, the player still faces another legal matter. Smith is scheduled to be sentenced on July 25 after he pleaded “no contest” to three felony weapons charges, two misdemeanor DUI counts and a count for a license plate switch. If Smith comes away clean handed, he’ll still need to face the NFL, which could fine or suspend the player based on the league’s personal conduct policy.
Nonetheless, the 49ers still exercised Smith’s fifth-year option in early May, locking him in for $9.754MM in 2015.