These are his career stats since 2011:
Total sacks since 2011: 38.0
Tackles since 2011: 121
Passes Defensed: 5
He has accounted for 5% of team tackles and 39% of team sacks (51% in 2012!) To say he is a monster contributor would be a monster understatement. But does his phenomenol contribution affect the way his behavior should be looked at?
If I walk into a restaurant and the chef makes the most amazing meal I’ve ever had, only for me to later find out that the chef is a drunk, is it within my rights as a customer to demand him/her to clean up? Do I have the right to demand a clean and sober chef when I as a customer am only there to purchase a good meal?
In the same way, what does Aldon Smith owe 49er fans? As a fan and viewer of the NFL, you the customer are owed an exciting and entertaining game. And if it’s your team, a win. As a 49ers fan myself, Aldon Smith owes me (as a viewer, the customer) a positive contribution to the team and effort directed towards winning (although I’d prefer he be sober for the long term success). He does not owe me the portrayal of a role model to show me how to be an upstanding citizen. I can find that on my own.
What do you think?