I was a little worried when MoFo Fridge Monday passed on Twitter and there were no tweets from J’Webb. It turns out my worries were justified as Chicago Bears offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb was sitting in a southern Illinois jail cell on pot charges. You might say he was holding. The veteran tackle is used to penalties, but not one so serious.
The 24 year old veteran tackle was arrested following a routine traffic stop on Sunday in Pulaski County, near Carbondale. Webb was reportedly speeding on I-57 and was pulled over when the arresting officer found less than 2.5 grams of marijuana. Initially, Webb was charged with “possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.” Webb tweeted an apology earlier in the day: “Headed to Texas to train. I apologize.” I suppose the pot was medicinal and needed for training.
The Bears released a statement shortly after the story broke:
“We are aware of the recent arrest of J’Marcus Webb in Pulaski County, Illinois,” the Bears said in a statement Wednesday. “We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the arrest.”
Luckily, Webb will not face charges after a drug arrest in southern Illinois last weekend. As Pulaski County State’s Attorney Grayson Gile told to the Southern Illinoisan, Webb will not be charged:
Since the arrest, Gile has classified the case Nolle prosequill. The term refers to a formal entry on the record by the prosecutor declaring he will not prosecutor further.
The charges are dismissed, but Gile said there would be a resolution: “I think it lends itself to a resolution that will be fair and equitable to all parties involved.”
Sounds like J’Webb is gonna be scooping up trash off the side of the road or doing some other community service. What sort of punishment would you like to see Webb doing? Washing Jay Cutler’s car? Doing some landscaping at Soldier Field?
Professional athletes smoking pot is certainly not shocking and especially not from someone who tweets pictures of the inside of his fridge every week. It is of course disappointing that Webb, who is auditioning for the new coaching staff, doesn’t seem to be taking this opportunity seriously and put himself in this situation. I fully don’t expect the Bears to take any punitive action against Webb, but he didn’t do himself any favors.