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49ers' Organization Sharply Criticized For Allowing Aldon Smith To Play Following DUI
Published September 23, 2013
SENDING A MESSAGE: NBC's Tony Dungy said he would not have played Smith, saying, "Send a message to your team, 'We're not going to have these type of incidents on Friday before a game.' Jim Harbaugh could have sent a stronger message" ("FNIA," NBC, 9/22). THE MMQB's Peter King writes, "There are some things that are just more important than playing a football game." King: "If it sends the wrong message to sit a guy and pay him $230,000, so be it. I just don't think it's right to let him play" (MMQB.SI.com, 9/23). CBSSN’s Brandon Tierney said, “This is a real big fail on the part of the Niners. This is a disgrace that this guy's playing today." He added, "Harbaugh gets paid to win, which is why Trent Baalke and Jed York need to step up and have control of the image of the Niners, which right now has taken a massive hit.” CBSSN’s Bart Scott: “If this is Pittsburgh or New England he doesn't play -- not even a question” (“That Other Pregame Show,” CBSSN, 9/22).