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University of Tennessee players benched after marijuana arrest

Marijuana has become legal in some parts of the country in recent years. However, here in Tennessee, it's still illegal to use or possess it. Those charged with marijuana-related violations can face other penalties as well.

Two University of Tennessee football players have learned that the hard way. Linebacker Will Ignont and running back John Kelly were arrested following a traffic stop in October. According to Knoxville Police, when officers stopped the car driven by Kelly, they found what they believed to be marijuana and a pipe during a search of the vehicle.

Kelly was also cited for not having proof of insurance and for a headlight being out. It wasn't reported whether they were stopped because of the headlight issue or for other reasons.

Both players were suspended for a game. Their coach explained, "Members of our football team have a responsibility to represent the University of Tennessee in a first-class manner. I met with John and Will and they understand their actions were unacceptable."

Kelly also addressed the arrest via a Twitter post. In it, he apologized to the university, his teammates, fans ("VolNation") and his family. He called his actions "immature and selfish."

Even charges for what may seem like minor drug-related offenses can have a significant impact on a young person's college career and future. That's why if your child is arrested for possessing drugs, it's essential to take the charges seriously and seek the help of an experienced Tennessee criminal defense attorney to protect their rights and ensure that their side of the story is presented.

Source: Bleacher Report, "Tennessee Suspends John Kelly, Will Ignont Following Marijuana Arrest," Tyler Conway, Oct. 26, 2017

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