June 20, 2016
The Monroe, Louisiana, district attorney announced Monday his office won’t pursue further action against Alabama Crimson Tide football players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones, per AL.com’s Michael Casagrande.
The two were arrested in May on charges of possession of a controlled substance and illegal weapons possession. Casagrande reported that authorities in Monroe pulled Robinson’s car over at 2:33 a.m. CT on May 17. After smelling marijuana, they looked inside the vehicle, at which point they found a bag of marijuana on the floorboard, a handgun in Jones’ lap and a stolen handgun under Robinson’s seat.
Robinson and Jones are likely to face some form of punishment from Alabama head coach Nick Saban. On June 16, Saban told USA Today‘s George Schroeder he wouldn’t consider discipline for Robinson “until the legal system runs its course.”
“We do a lot of things internally with our players, which we have implemented with Cam, to try to change behavior in a positive way if we feel there’s issues,” Saban said. “We have never had any issues with Cam before this, so this is kind of an unusual circumstance.”
As Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel noted, Monday’s news is particularly important for Robinson:
In his first big board for the 2017 NFL draft, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller ranked Robinson as the sixth-best player overall and No. 1 offensive tackle. For Alabama, having the junior anchor the left side of the line will be vital with the team integrating a new starting quarterback into the offense.
Jones, meanwhile, projects to occupy a backup safety role, providing depth to the secondary.
According to Casagrande, the DA’s office could potentially bring charges against Robinson and/or Jones once again in the future, but it would need to discover new evidence to do so.
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