Lions’ Nick Fairley busted for marijuana – Detroit Free Press

Posted on: April 4th, 2012 by admin No Comments
Lions' Nick Fairley busted for marijuana

Lions' Nick Fairley busted for marijuana

A third member of the Detroit Lions 2011 draft class is facing drug charges, after defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested today in Mobile, Ala.

Fairley, a first-round pick out of Auburn last year, was cited for second-degree possession of marijuana this afternoon, after he was pulled over at 12:30 p.m. following a citizen complaint that his Cadillac Escalade was speeding through a Mobile neighborhood frequently, Mobile police information officer Ashley Rains said.

Fairley was booked into Mobiles Metro jail facility and released on $1,000 bond around 3 p.m., Rains said.

A police report was not immediately available, and Rains said she did not know how much marijuana Fairley was in possession of when he was arrested.

Two other Lions have been cited for a total of three drug-related offenses this off-season.

In January, offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath was arrested for simple possession of marijuana after he was spotted on a hotel surveillance camera putting two blunts in the drawer of a hallway dresser.

And running back Mikel Leshoure pleaded guilty March 1 to a charge of use of marijuana after he was stopped for speeding by Benton Township police. Leshoure was cited for possession of marijuana 11 days later, when the rented 2012 Mitsubishi SUV he was a passenger in was pulled over by Baroda-Lake Township police.

All three players could face discipline under the NFLs drug policy, which allows for a maximum of a four-game suspension the first time a player has a non-alcohol-related substance-abuse legal offense, and a maximum of a six-game suspension for a second offense.

Fairley, Leshoure and Culbreath all missed time during their rookie seasons with injuries.

Fairley, who did not return a phone call seeking comment this afternoon, played in just 10 games after breaking his foot in training camp. Leshoure, a second-round pick out of Illinois, and Culbreath, a seventh-round pick out of South Carolina State, spent all of last season on injured reserve.

Leshoure missed a scheduled arraignment Monday in Berrien County District Court. He faces up to two years in prison on his possession charge, a felony offense, and is expected to appear at a walk-in arraignment Wednesday.

Berrien County prosecutor Art Cotter said in an email that Leshoure could have a bench warrant issued for his arrest if he doesnt turn himself in by Thursday.

The Lions did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment today. They did issue a statement, however:

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.

Contact Dave Birkett: 313-222-2037 or dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @freeplions.

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