Aldon Smith, mega talented player turning into a cancer, is it worth the Bears doing due diligence?

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  1. The Benjamin

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    I know, its a term that gets thrown around a lot and no disrespect is meant. My sis might have a form of cancer, my best friend recently lost her mother to cancer... and that was what got me thinking of how poorly used that is.
     
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    Its rare to find a person who has not been touched by this disease. We are closer to finding a cure to cancer than ever before but it is still over the horizon. I lost family members to this in the past and have followed the fight against cancer and various treatments, Someday it will be eliminated and not as devastating as it is today.. Until then all you can do is pray if you are so inclined.
     
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    I've had several hemhorrhoids banded in the last year. Please don't remind me of that pain in the a....

    Seriously though, cancer is bad. Like just about everybody else, I've lost several relatives and friends to it. So I also dislike the phrase. But it does describe the problems a bad personality can do to a locker room. Maybe "He's an ulcer?" Oh wait, the wife has one of those.

    Keep it simple I guess, The dude's just bad. We don't want him.
     
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    The cancer insult isn't the best, three in my family, fortunately all cured. How about we call him a case of Norwalk on a cruise ship.
     
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    Maybe we should just call him a Favre. That's a pseudonym for a pain in the ass isn't it?
     
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    Regarding Smith, I think it appears the guy's life is in free-fall right now. It's not like some of the people we've brought in who seemed to be trying to rebuild their life (like Brandon Marshall). I really respect people who have hit rock bottom but are trying to get their life back in order. But this doesn't sound like that kind of situation. It sounds like a guy who is completely self-destructing. You can't count on a guy like this if you bring him in. It's easy to say, just cut him if he lands in jail or worse. But if that happens mid-season or in the playoffs it seriously hurts the team.

    I'm all for giving a guy a second chance (or third chance) if it looks like he wants to get his life back on track. I'm not sure this guy is ready to do that though.
     
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    Trade him across town to the Raiders. They need the help and right now he's a good fit.

    Seriously though this kid has some real problems and it could be they're alcohol related. If so he's dealing with a very sick and diseased mind and he needs help. Hopefully someone will get to the bottom of it get him him the help he needs but for it to work he has to be willing just as 99 says.

    It's a shame to see guys who could be future HOF players doing this to themselves and their team. Well, it's a shame to see anyone doing it period when you get right down to it. Maybe the shock of all of this will make him see the light.
     
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    I've been down that road myself, so I can't throw stones at anyone :-(
    That's why I'm all for giving folks another chance if they are serious about getting their life in order. I was given a few of those 2nd chances, and I'm mighty glad I got them. But I agree Soul. This player seems to be struggling with something heavy-duty right now. BTW, having a guy like Brandon Marshall on the team is a good asset for other players who get caught up in some bad stuff. He's a "success story" and can model how to get your life turned around and back on track. I like how B.Marsh is pretty transparent about his struggles. Class act guy who almost went down the crapper himself. But in regards to Aldon Smith it looks like the guy's life is still swirling around the toilet bowl and close to going down for good. It's a shame. Hope he gets his act together before it's too late.
     
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    That's what recovery is all about isn't it? I don't hide my issues any longer when to present them might help someone else deal with theirs. To receive grace you have to be willing to give it back to others. Smith hasn't crossed that line into the unforgivable yet but he's headed in that direction if he doesn't stop the spiral.
     
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