Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/6/12
The 49ers should trade Aldon Smith as soon as possible as his poor decision making off-the-field is garnering negative publicity for the organization and could negatively impact the team's chemistry along with their plans to win a Super Bowl. 

Back in January of this year, Aldon Smith was arrested in Florida for driving under the influence of alcohol.  While some may have dismissed Smith's arrest as mere immaturity, his latest foray into recklessness resulted in him being hospitalized for stabbing wounds. 

Just this past week, law enforcement arrived at Smith's residence in response to guests having been wounded by gunfire.  According to Smith's neighbors, Smith throws raucous parties where gunfire is often heard. 

While there's no indication that Smith is a bad team-mate, his off-the-field issues conjure memories of other talented athletes whose immaturity and arrogance sabotaged their careers (e.g. Michael Vick, Pacman Jones, etc.).  Since this is Smith's second offense, one would be shocked if coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke haven't already addressed Smith's lack of professionalism with him directly.  If they haven't addressed the issue, then the 49ers organization has even bigger issues than outsiders may know. 

Known for being notoriously closed off to the media, it's unclear what if any conversations the 49ers' brass have had with Smith regarding his conduct.  Even though all reports indicate that Smith was breaking up a fight at his party, the fact that he would entertain such circumstances shows his lack of maturity. 

He's likely to lose out on sponsorship and endorsement deals as the likes of Nike and Wheaties don't particularly care to be associated with thugs or anyone like them. 

So if the 49ers are as smart as they'd like us to think they are, they'll deal Aldon Smith to another team as far away from San Francisco as possible, and the sooner the better.

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