Two San Francisco police officers were injured Thursday morning when their unmarked vehicle was struck by another car in a collision reportedly involving suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith near the department headquarters in Mission Bay.
The collision on Mission Rock Street near the south side of Police Headquarters occurred at 8:30 a.m. collision when the police vehicle was turning into the parking garage.
The accident sent two of the three officers in the car to the hospital, where they are recovering from their injuries.
The 25-year-old driver of the other vehicle was checked for sobriety and a male passenger was detained for public intoxication. Another adult male was released at the scene.
Police would not release the names of any of the three, but KTVU identified one of the passengers as Aldon Smith, a former Oakland Raider and San Francisco 49er. The incident remains under investigation and the female driver may be charged with driving under the influence.
Smith, who signed a two-year, $11.5 million contract with the Oakland Raiders in April 2016, hasn’t played in the NFL since November 2015, when the league suspended him for his role in a DUI, hit-and-run and vandalism incident from August of earlier that year.
The pass-rushing linebacker won Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 as a member of the 49ers. He also was named team MVP that season. But over the next two years, Smith missed several games as he went through a rehab program and was later suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
The 49ers released him after the 2015 arrest.
Smith applied for reinstatement during the 2016 season but the NFL never decided his case.
Complicating the matter was a video posted to his Periscope account of an unidentified man and woman smoking marijuana.
In the video, the man says, “They don’t know it’s me. It’s not like I put ‘Aldon Smith’” before the feed cuts out.
WARNING: Video contains NSFW language.
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UPDATED: A previous version of this story indicated Smith was a former member of the Oakland Raiders. He is still on the team, but suspended by the league, according to a roster sent out by the Raiders on Thursday.Aldon SmithCrimeNFLOakland Raiderspublic intoxicationSan Francisco 49ersSFO