NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07: Nick Fairley #98 of the Detroit Lions reacts after a fumble in the second quarter by Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints in the during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
I was this was a joke, but unfortunately it's not.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested on Tuesday afternoon in Mobile, Alabama. The charge? Second-degree marijuana possession. Yes, one day after news of Mikel Leshoure's two marijuana possession charges came out, we are now finding out that Fairley has also been hit with that charge.
Fairley was pulled over after somebody called police and complained that he was speeding through a neighborhood. Police found marijuana in Fairley's possession and in possession of the passenger in the car. Fairley was taken to jail and released on $1,000 bond after being charged with second-degree marijuana possession.
Here's the Lions' statement on Fairley's arrest:
Lions spokesman Bill Menges 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."
Fairley is the third member of the Lions' 2011 draft class to be charged with possession of marijuana this offseason. In addition to Leshoure's recent legal problems, seventh-round pick Johnny Culbreath was found with marijuana back in January.