The Green Bay Packers have seen a few players run into issues with the law related to marijuana in recent years. First up was Letroy Guion’s highly-publicized case in Florida, which eventually resulted in a three-game suspension for the defensive lineman. Then Datone Jones was suspended one game after being cited for possession of THC after the Packer defender was cited hours after the team’s loss to the Seahawks in the 2014 playoffs.
Now there is another name to add to that less than illustrious list. Michael Cohen of Packersnews.com has reported that wide receiver Geronimo Allison will face a court date later this month after being charged with possession of marijuana early this football season.
The court hearing will be held on Monday, January 23rd. If the Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday and advance to the NFC Championship game, that would be the day following that contest.
The NFL tends to move slowly to enforce punishment of any violations like these, and typically lets the legal system run its course before stepping in. As a result, it appears unlikely that Allison would face any punishment under the CBA during a Packers playoff run. It also remains to be seen if Allison has had any prior issues with the league’s substance abuse policy.
Cohen’s report cites the criminal complaint against Allison, in which the receiver “denied smoking marijuana or having an illegal substance in the vehicle.” However, the state trooper who pulled him over smelled marijuana and found two cigars in the car.
The Packers released a statement this afternoon about the situation:
This is the second time that Allison’s judgment has been called into question this season. Following his first NFL touchdown at Atlanta, the internet discovered a litany of vulgar tweets from several years back.