Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested and charged with second-degree marijuana possession on Tuesday. The defensive tackle was taking into custody in Mobile, Ala., where he was charged with a misdemeanor.
The arrest was made after several people complained about a “suspicious” Cadillac Escalade that was parked in a Mobile, Ala., neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon. Police eventually tracked down the Escalade and after they pulled the vehicle over they could detect the “strong” smell of pot inside the car where a quick search turned up a small amount of the illegal substance in the vehicles ashtray.
Nick Fairley was arrested but quickly posted a $1,000 bond and was released only a short time after arriving at the police station.
It has been high times for the Detroit Lions recently, you may recall that on March 12 running back Mikel Leshoure was caught chewing on marijuana during a traffic stop in Michigan. During that stop the officer noticed small pieces of pot on Leshoure’s shirt as he chewed on the remaining pieces.
On Wednesday morning the Detroit Lions front office acknowledged that they were aware of Fairley’s arrest:
“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.”
Picked No. 13 overall in the first round of the 2011 draft, Fairley played in just 10 games last season before suffering a foot injury. Before he was injured Nick Fairley racked up 11 tackles and one sack.