Jim Harbaugh spoke with the media today and of course the majority of the questions had to deal with Aldon Smith’s arrest this morning. Here is the transcript.
Q: Can you fill us in on Aldon Smith’s status for Sunday?
Harbaugh: The task today was to go and have a great practice. The time spent Sunday will be for us to go get a win, beat the Colts. We’ll make those decisions.
Q: Have you spoken to Aldon about the incident this morning?
Q: Are you satisfied with what he had to say?
Harbaugh: I’m disappointed and I felt like he needs to go to work, face his teammates and soldier through it.
Q: Will the team discipline him or is that a league matter?
Harbaugh: That’s pretty exclusive to the league. Well, it is. They have exclusive rights to the consequences on there will be consequences. There always is, good or bad. We all have consequences.
Q: Last year Demcarcus Dobbs was in a similar incident and he didn’t make the trip with you guys to St. Louis. Why react to that situation that way and leave this one up in the air?
Harbaugh: I’m not really leaving it up in the air. There is nothing really up in the air about it. Demarcus wasn’t here when we left last year for St. Louis.
Q: If Aldon doesn’t play who is likely to fill his place?
Harbaugh: You know the guys we have on our team. Not to leave it up in the air. I expect Aldon, like today, he’ll be back to work and playing on Sunday.
Q: How do you as a coach try to convince players like Aldon to keep their head screwed on straight?
Harbaugh: Those things, not going to address what our policy is as it relates right now. These two things, we’ll deal with it.
Q: How did he seem at practice today? Did he seem focused?
Harbaugh: Yeah, he seemed like he had his wits about him.
Q: Just to be clear, did you say he would play on Sunday?
Harbaugh: I anticipate that, yes.
Q: Is there anyone in the organization you advise to talk to players when they’re in a situation like this?
Harbaugh: Yes, the organization does provide that. I’m not going to dissect it, exactly what the policies are and what the team has in place as it relates to his situation.
Q: You said you wanted him to get back to work. Was that his suggestion or your suggestion?
Harbaugh: I encouraged it.
Q: Will Aldon address his teammates?
Harbaugh: The conversations, what existed, what the details were, the specifics, we’re not publically sharing that right now.
Q: Did see if he was on his way to the facility when the incident happened?
Harbaugh: Again and again, we’re not going into the specifics and the details.
Q: You said the league has exclusivity over this whether or not to suspend him. You’re not expecting them to hand out a suspension last-minute before the game? As far as you know he’s going to be cleared to play on Sunday and any possible suspension will come after?
Harbaugh: I think it’s pretty clear what the policies are in the National Football League collective bargaining agreement. There is a process and we respect that.
Q: Doesn’t the team have discretion to its own discipline?
Harbaugh: There is a process there. When it comes to suspensions and fining and discipline there is exclusivity of the league.