SAN JOSE, Calif. – Linebacker Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers was sentenced Friday to serve three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges.
The sentence came after Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Daniel Nishigaya reduced three felony counts of possessing illegal assault rifles to misdemeanors. The judge noted Smith, 24, has no criminal record involving violence, but warned him if he violates any terms of his probation, he will be sent to jail for 11 days.
Smith was also ordered to serve 235 hours of community service and pay nearly $4,000 in fines. He didn’t get special treatment, prosecutors said.
The weapons charges stem from a party at Smith’s house in 2012, where he got stabbed and two people were shot.
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The DUI charges were filed after Smith’s car smashed into a tree in San Jose last fall. Police said his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
Vikings suspend Priefer
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings will suspend special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer without pay for three games this season and donate $100,000 to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights groups, in response to former punter Chris Kluwe’s allegations of anti-gay remarks made by Priefer.
Priefer’s ban could be cut to two games by the team if he attends individualized sensitivity training.
In January, Kluwe accused Priefer and other Vikings officials of punishing him for his support of gay marriage. Kluwe was let go before last season, which he contends was because of his views.
Kluwe, 32, said he still intends to sue the Vikings for discrimination.
• Dozens of former players joining a lawsuit against the league say teams kept handing out powerful painkillers and other drugs with few — if any — safeguards as recently as 2012. That extends by four years the time frame for similar claims made in the original complaint and could open the door to a criminal investigation.
“On flights home, the routine was the same everywhere,” said former center Brett Romberg. “The trainers walked up and down the aisle and you’d hold up your hand with a number of fingers to show how many pills you wanted.”
• Former players Christian Ballard and Gregory Westbrooks are suing the NFL Players Association for allegedly not providing accurate information about the risk of head injuries.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
The union, in a statement, said the lawsuit had no merit.