SANTA CLARA – Vernon Davis spoke at his locker Friday afternoon. Here is a transcript.
Q: What is your reaction to what happened with Aldon Smith this morning?
VERNON DAVIS: I’m not too certain about the details as far as what happened to Aldon Smith but it definitely caught me by surprise. He was doing a pretty good job as far as staying out of trouble and things like that. He’s a young guy and just like every young guy who comes through here, you go through a phase in your life and I always say the things you go through can help make you a better man. I just leave it up to the organization as far as discipline and those kinds of things because I’m not too familiar with the details.
Q: Do they talk about DUIs and taking cabs amongst the team?
VERNON DAVIS: Yeah, that’s the first thing we talk about when we get here, DUIs and things of that nature. Some guys listen, some guys don’t. There is nothing I can do about it. I can’t go up to a guy in the locker room and say, “Hey, listen, you’d better not drink and drive.” You just can’t do that. You can take the horse to the water but you can’t make it drink. With that being said, all I can do is worry about what I can handle and just focus on what I can do to just stay out of trouble and do the right things because it’s all about doing the right things. I’m sure he’ll come around. It’s just a matter of time. Hopefully he’ll learn from this situation. Maybe it will come out positive instead of negative.
Q: Do you worry about him squandering his talent?
VERNON DAVIS: Just like anybody, if you continue to get in trouble and it’s repetitive, anything is possible. The team can get rid of you. You can face jail time. Anything. So we really have to think about things before we act. Like Aldon sometimes, we act before we think. We really have to focus and just think because out there, the outside world, it’s tough. We really have to be critical on ourselves and pay attention.
Q: Do you expect to play on Sunday?
VERNON DAVIS: Yeah, I’m just waiting for the doctors to say, “Go ahead, just run.” I’m just waiting for them to let me good. I’m feeling pretty good, sore, bruised up but that comes with the business, comes with the game. Definitely my focus is on this game.
Q: Have you been able to run since Sunday to test it?
VERNON DAVIS: Yeah, I test it. I had an opportunity to get out there and run around a little bit today just to get back in the swim of things. We shall see when Sunday comes how I’m feeling.