Aldon Smith seeking help for alcohol abuse could help when the NFL disciplines him

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked if Aldon Smith’s decision to get help for substance abuse could help him when the league decides to discipline him.

“Yes, it will be a factor, for sure,” Goodell said, per ESPN.com.

Goodell wants to help players stay out of trouble.

“Certainly, the issue here isn’t to discipline players. It’s to stop the behavior,” Goodell said. “Aldon has voluntarily said, ‘I need help.’

“We’re obviously there to support him, and the 49ers did a great job getting him into a facility to try to get help. We support that.”