Report: Smith to meet with Goodell Aug. 8

Aldon Smith is scheduled to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell in New York next week, according to a report from ESPN.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will have better idea of his fate when he meets with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York next week.

According to a report from ESPN, Smith will meet with Goodell next Friday (Aug. 8), the day after the 49ers are slated to kickoff their preseason schedule in Baltimore against the Ravens. The team will stay on the east coast following the game to practice with the Ravens in the following days.

The report says Smith will face a "significant" suspension from the league even after he voluntarily left the team for five games in the middle of the regular season last fall.

Smith took his leave of absence the day after Week 3's loss to the Indianapolis Colts, in which he played every defensive snap. Two days prior, Smith was arrested for an alleged DUI charge after crashing his truck into a neighbors yard in the early hours of the morning.

Just prior to the start of training camp, Smith was sentenced to 11 days of work crew after pleading "no contest" to two misdemeanor DUI charges and three felony counts of weapons possession for purchasing assault rifles. Those charges were reduced to misdemeanors.

And to add to the string of off-the-field incidents for the former All-Pro, Smith was away from the team's practice facility Wednesday to attend a hearing in Los Angeles regarding his alleged bomb threat he made at LAX in the spring. No charges were filed in that case, but given ESPN's report, it appears that incident will be considered if and when Goodell hands down a suspension.

Last season during the 49ers' trip to London to play the Jaguars, Goodell said the league would consider Smith's five-game leave from the team when issuing any potential discipline. How much remains to be seen.


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