49ers’ Smith sorry for ‘letting everybody down’




SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Aldon Smith has apologized to San Francisco 49ers fans and teammates for two off-the-field incidents since last season ended.

In his first public comments since he was stabbed at his home last month, Smith said Friday that “letting everybody down was probably the saddest part.” He also was charged in late January with driving under the influence in Miami Beach.

Smith said he’s now fully recovered after he had staples inserted to close the stab wounds. He declined to elaborate on the incident or his injuries.

Smith was drafted seventh overall last year and racked up a franchise-rookie record 14 sacks — best among NFL rookies — to go with two forced fumbles. He finished runner-up to Denver’s Von Miller for The Associated Press’ NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.