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Suspended LB Smith issues statement

San Francisco 49ers All-Pro outside linebacker Aldon Smith, who was hit with a nine-game unpaid suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday, released a statement through the NFL Players Association on Saturday morning.

“I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire 49ers organization and 49ers fans for not being able to contribute on the field for the next several weeks,” Smith said in the statement. “Over the last year, I have learned a lot and I’m working hard to grow from my experiences. I want to thank my family and friends, my teammates, my union and the 49ers for supporting me during this process. I will be at work daily to participate in all permitted work activities, and to support my teammates, just as they have supported me.”

Smith is allowed to work out at the team facility as well as attend meetings under the terms of the suspension, which breaks down into four games for violations of the substance abuse policy and five games for violations of the personal conduct policy.

Smith will lose $1.2 million of his $2.34 million salary, per ESPN business analyst Andrew Brandt.