August 7, 2015 / 7:29 PM / 2 years ago

NFL's 49ers release Aldon Smith after DUI arrest: team statement

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San Francisco 49ers Aldon Smith arrives for the Inaugural National Football League Honors in Indianapolis, Indiana, in this file photo taken February 4, 2012.Mike Segar/Files

(Reuters) - The National Football League's San Francisco 49ers released linebacker Aldon Smith on Friday after his arrest on charges of driving under the influence, a team statement said.

"This organization has tried very hard to help Aldon fight his issues. Although he is no longer a member of this team, our support and concern for him will continue," the statement said.

Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales; Editing by Sandra Maler

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