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November 5, 2012
Harbaugh on Aldon Smith incident: Don't trust the Internet


Jim Harbaugh said the 49ers have spoken to linebacker Aldon Smith about an alleged bye-week incident at a restaurant in Columbia, Missouri and that they believe Smith when he reported, via Twitter, "Didn't get jumped -- stop asking."

Rumors of yet another off-field incident involving Smith began Thursday when a reporter with the NBC television affiliate in Columbia reported, also via Twitter, that Smith was "jumped" at the El Rancho restaurant in town. Columbia police reported there was an incident at the restaurant but did not fill out a report. The reporter later wrote that "jumped" perhaps was a poor choice of words.

Harbaugh said that general manager Trent Baalke spoke to Smith about the incident. "What Aldon said to us was the same as what he said publicly," Harbaugh said. "Also you tend to take a man at his word. I don't think there's anything more to add."

Well, Harbaugh had one more thing to say: "I personally tend not to believe everything I read on the Internet."

Earlier this year, Smith was arrested for DUI in Miami Beach and was stabbed at a sprawling party at his house in the hills east of San Jose. Smith qualified for a program to reduce the DUI charge to reckless driving. In September, Smith was a passenger in a vehicle that flipped when it swerved to avoid a deer on a road near his home. Smith was wearing his seat belt and suffered only a cut above his eye; the driver was seriously injured and was taken to the regional trauma center.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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