SANTA CLARA – Aldon Smith spoke to reporters for the first time since his stabbing on June 30, and here’s what he said.
Q: There’s been a lot of concern around the country for your well-being. What was the saddest part for you?
ALDON SMITH: Letting everyone down was probably the saddest part. I’m back to 100 percent and I’m ready to go.
Q: You felt like you let who down?
ALDON SMITH: After the incidents that happened and the expectations that were set for me, I feel like I let the fans and everybody down.
Q: What has that done for you?
ALDON SMITH: Just helped my focus out. I’m focused more than ever, not to say that I wasn’t focused at the beginning.
Q: How scary was this? Did you see your career flash before your eyes?
ALDON SMITH: I wouldn’t say that. You definitely think about what happened and how you want to be perceived and how you want your career to go.
Q: Did you get stitches?
ALDON SMITH: Staples.
Q: Do you expect to feel your injury as you practice?
ALDON SMITH: I’m good. I’m alright. I’m all healed up and ready to go.