Law Offices of Thomas C. Mooney - Criminal Defense
Call Today for a FREE Consultation 301-579-3429

2 football players suspended over marijuana charges

Maryland college football fans may have heard that two University of Tennessee football players have been suspended after being charged with marijuana possession. The incident occurred on Oct. 25 in Knoxville, according to local and national media reports.

A representative of the Knoxville Police Department said in a statement that running back John Kelly and linebacker Will Ignont were pulled over at approximately 10:46 p.m. due to a headlight violation. As officers approached, they claim to have noticed a "strong" odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. With Kelly's consent, officers searched the vehicle and allegedly found a plastic baggie filled with 4.6 grams of suspected marijuana. They also allegedly found a glass marijuana pipe. According to officers, neither player admitted to owning the marijuana or drug paraphernalia.

Both players were cited for marijuana possession. Kelly was additionally charged with no proof of insurance and not having a properly functioning headlight, which are both misdemeanors. Kelly, a junior, is Tennessee's leading rusher this season, racking up 615 yards and 6 touchdowns over six games. He has a total of 12 touchdowns over the past three seasons. Ignont has recorded four tackles this season.

Individuals convicted on drug charges can face serious consequences, including jail time and steep fines. Some people can also lose educational and job opportunities. However, a criminal defense attorney could assess the case and work to protect a defendant's future. In some cases, it may be possible to build a strong defense and get the charges dismissed. In other situations, legal counsel could negotiate with prosecutors to reduce the charges, which may also lower the penalties.

Source: ESPN, "Vols' Kelly and Ignont cited for marijuana possession", Mark Schlabach, Oct. 25, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

How Can We Help You?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Maryland Association For Justice The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers National Association of Distinguished Counsel | Nation's Top One Percent Top Lawyers This is to certify that Thomas C. Mooney has been chosen as a top lawyer in Washingtonian Magazine in 2015
Super Lawyers

Contact Us

14750 Main Street, Suite C
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Phone: 301-579-3429
Fax: 240-363-0051
Upper Marlboro Law Office Map