Thurston Smith got an upbeat text message from his son Aldon following today’s sentencing in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

“I know he’s very happy with what transpired,” Thurston Smith said in an exclusive phone interview from his Kansas City-area home.

Aldon Smith issued the following statement through his San Mateo-based attorney Josh Bentley: “I would like to thank my family, friends and supporters. I have learned a great deal and have worked very hard to become a stronger individual and better person. I look forward to continuing on this path.”

Those are the words his father certainly wanted to hear.

“Hopefully this will give him an opportunity to slow down. He was going so fast,” Thurston Smith said. “With his maturity level, he turns 25 in September, I pray he settles down and realizes people that love him and are in his corner, now more than ever.”

The elder Smith said his son was headed after court to meet with 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, who earlier issued a statement how the organization was “pleased” with Smith’s status and would continue to support him.