by Aaron Wilson
May 24, 02014
The legal outlook for troubled San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith remains unclear now that he's pleaded no contest to three felony weapons charges and two misdemeanor driving under the influence counts.
And talking about Smith is a sore point for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who quickly tired of questions about Smith, who faces sentencing July 25 after the start of training camp.
Smith could face up to four years and four months of jail time or receive no jail time and perhaps get a sentence of probation.
“I’m not going to get into speculating on what’s going to happen, what could happen, what will happen,” Harbaugh told reporters during a rookie minicamp. "There’s nothing really further that I can add to this line of questioning. You can take bamboo shoots and stick ‘em under my fingernails and there still wouldn’t be any more I could add further to this discussion. ..
“It’s part of a legal process. I am not an attorney or a judge. I’m a football coach. So I will let that go through the legal process. There’s nothing more that I can add to it. At this time.”
Harbaugh did acknowledge the 49ers have some work to do off the field after Smith's frequent issues as well as cornerback Chris Culliver's legal problems.
“No, we’ve got some things we’ve got to resolve,” Harbaugh said. “But we are in a process–and always are in a process of striving to be above reproach, yes. I want our players to strive to be above reproach in all regards. And I can’t imagine that anybody would tell anybody any differently. I can’t imagine–if it were you, or I, or anybody else here would want their youngsters to strive for anything less.
"Certainly wouldn’t promote that they strive to be below reproach. Anything that we do–if we do things right, there’s going to be consequences. If we do this wrong, there’s going to be consequences for that. All of our actions, there’s consequences, good or bad.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun