- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers pass-rusher Aldon Smith was not at the team’s training camp Wednesday because he is in Los Angeles to close the case from an April incident at Los Angeles International Airport.
A spokesman from the L.A. City Attorney’s office said a hearing was ongoing Wednesday as scheduled and an NFL source said Smith was in Los Angeles. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Smith wasn’t with the team, but would only say, “It’s part of a process.”
The City Attorney’s office decided earlier this month Smith would not face misdemeanor charges stemming from an arrest for allegedly making a fake bomb threat at LAX in April.
The hearing's purpose is to provide Smith the opportunity to give his account of the incident. He will then be admonished about the applicable laws and given suggestions on how to avoid similar incidents in the future, a spokesman wrote in an email. The City Attorney reserves the right to file charges up to one year after the incident. However, no further action is scheduled beyond the office hearing date.
Smith said last week he is expected to fly to New York at a date to be determined to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss his recent off-field issues. A league suspension could soon follow. Smith received 11 days on a work crew earlier this month for a drunken driving arrest.