College Football Players Busted for Marijuana
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Two players from the University of Tennessee have been suspended after they were cited for marijuana possession Tuesday evening.
Freshman Linebacker Will Ignont and Junior running back John Kelly were stopped by the Knoxville police around 10:46 pm in Kelly’s vehicle. According to the police officers, the car was searched after they smelled marijuana. The officers found a pipe and some marijuana (4.6 grams) in the glove box.
Kelly also received a citation for having a broken headlight and driving without proof of insurance. They were both given citations and must report to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to be booked on Nov. 7. The men were allowed to drive away after the stop.
Coach Butch Jones made an announcement that they would both be suspended for the game on Saturday against Kentucky. "Members of our football team have a responsibility to represent the University of Tennessee in a first-class manner. I met with John and Will and they understand their actions were unacceptable."
Kelly apologized via Twitter on Wednesday, stating that "I want to take time out to apologize to The University of Tennessee, my family, my teammates and coaches, and most of all VolNation. I understand that my actions were immature and selfish and I realize they have an impact on more than just myself. I take full responsibility and accept the punishment that I have been given."
October has not the best month for college football and marijuana citations. Ironically, football player Ulakai Tolutau from Utah’s Brigham Young University was also cited for marijuana possession on October 8. He is expected to show up to court sometime in November. The BYU football staff had no comment. BYU has a very strict no drugs or alcohol policy.