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September 4, 2013
Aldon Smith says he knew party lawsuit was coming

Aldon Smith said Wednesday he was not caught off guard by a lawsuit filed by a man who said he was shot at a party at Smith's house last year.

In a suit filed Tuesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court, Ronndale Esporlas says Smith and former teammate Delanie Walker, who is now with the Tennessee Titans, illegally fired weapons in an attempt to disperse the crowd at a sprawling party at Smith's San Jose home in June 2012.

"Things happen, and you've just got to focus on the things you do," Smith said. "So I'm focused on playing against Green Bay, and see how it goes." Smith said the lawsuit was not a surprise.

Walker had a different reaction. "Most definitely I was shocked, to see something like that on national TV with my name put through the mud," Walker told the Nashville Tennessean. "But I'm not focusing on that."

According to police reports at the time, two people were shot at the party while Smith suffered stab wounds to his torso. When police arrived at the home in the foothills east of downtown San Jose, hundreds of party goers were exiting the home. No one ultimately was charged in the incident. In the lawsuit, Esporlas says he was shot twice when people near the street started firing back toward Smith's house.

The 49ers issued a statement Wednesday saying they have been "aware of this matter concerning Aldon Smith for some time. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, but will have no further comment at this time, as this is an ongoing legal matter."

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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