On Friday, the NFL world was shocked to learn San Francisco 49ers star defender Aldon Smith had yet another run-in with the law. Smith was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, vandalism and hit-and-run.
Shortly after the news surfaced, the 49ers released Smith.
As you would expect, social media caught fire with all of the hot takes. People were blasting Smith for his inability to “grow up” or his lack of maturity. Nearly everyone online was using their platform to trash the young man, who will likely find himself on the sideline for the entire 2015 season and potentially may struggle to ever resurface in the league.
However, there was one voice of reason: 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula.
While Tomsula could have used his press conference to further embarass Smith or to deliver a stern message about how the 25-year-old needs to grow up, he took a different approach.
Tomsula used his time to deliver a very strong, touching message to Smith and anyone who may be struggling with addiction or any other issue.
“I understand the platform that we are on. I understand where this goes in the news. And what I would like to say is if one person out there reads this, and you’re struggling, get help. Go get it. You’re worth it. You’re worth it,” an emotional Tomsula said. “There’s value in every human being. Get the help. You don’t have to walk alone. Find it. It’s there. And although Aldon will not be playing football here, we will be supporting him. He will not be alone.”
It was a great moment at the podium and a very refreshing, rare taste of understanding.
Hopefully Smith does find the support system he needs to get him through this rough patch and to help him get back on track. And for the 49ers, the players have to feel comfortable knowing they are in the hands of a very caring man with a great outlook on life.
Check out Tomsula’s press conference below.
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