Yep. You read that right. Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested today in Mobile, Ala. on a second-degree marijuana possession charge — a misdemeanor offense in Alabama.
Words fail me.
Fairley was pulled over after Police received complaints of a speeding car through a residential neighborhood. It was then that police found marijuana in both his and the passenger’s possession. Fairley was arrested but later released on $1,000 bail.
This is the second Detroit Lions’ player to be busted for possession of marijuana in as many days, and the third this off-season.
Mikel Leshoure was charged yesterday — the second time in a month — and Johnny Culbreath was charged back in January. Ironically enough, all three of them are from the same 2011 draft class. Did you guys make a pact or something?
The Lions released the following statement about the incident:
Lions spokesman Ben Manges said late this afternoon, “We are aware of the incident involving Nick Fairley. We hold all of our players to a high standard of behavior and the recent charges against Nick and Mikel Leshoure are not consistent with those standards. We are extremely disappointed. We will continue to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”
I’m not going to sit here and judge these kids for smoking pot. Because, in the grand scheme of things, the charges could be much worse. But, while you’re a professional athlete, representing an organization — any organization — you’ve got to make better, wiser decisions. Charges like these are uncalled for and incredibly immature.
You want to smoke weed? Fine. Whatever. But do you think maybe you shouldn’t drive around recklessly while you have it in the car with you? Seems to me you’re just asking to get caught at that point. Ugh.