Aldon Smith's legal fate may become clearer soon, with his attorney due in court Wednesday in Santa Clara County to discuss weapons and drunk driving charges.

The talented, troubled 49ers defender, who also faces possible charges stemming from an alleged fake bomb threat he made at LAX last month, decided to go on a PR offensive Friday, paying a visit to Comcast studios in San Francisco.

Though Smith didn't comment specifically on the charges, he told Matt Maiocco that events have been unfairly portrayed, and that people are off-base if they consider him a "thug."

"I'm a good person, and the people who know me know I'm a good person," Smith said."Maybe after this is over, you can tell your friends I'm a good person. Anybody who hangs around me can tell that. A lot of these things are being painted in a picture that's not true."

Earlier this month the 49ers chose to pick up Smith's 2015 option, not an unimportant sign, the linebacker said. "As you can see, the option got picked up. And if I was a thug or something, I don't think they'd take those chances."



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