Report: NFL Needs to Help Players with Mental Health Issues

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports / Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports / Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The recent troubles with 49ers All-Pro defensive end Aldon Smith combined with a report Monday of a pre-season psych evaluation that says he was “red-flagged” for an elevated potential for off-field trouble have led some to conclude that Smith may have some sort of mental health problem.

That could be wrong, but from what I have heard from the 49ers locker room, it might not be totally off-base.

In the past few years Smith has been arrested and charged with DUI, marijuana possession and three counts of felony gun possession. On Sunday, he was arrested at LAX and accused of making a bomb threat. The past and recent events still come as a shock to his teammates. Smith is known as one of the hardest workers on the team and a standup guy “in the locker room.” Why is a guy with such strong character on the field having such a hard time conforming to and with society?

I am sick of reading and hearing about how stupid, idiotic or entitled people think Smith is because he is an NFL star. We don’t know yet.

Either way, the kid could use some help. And either way, it’s time the NFL does more to protect its players against mental health issues.

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Source: Fox Sports | Brendon Ayanbadejo

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