Two UT football players were cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession Friday night in the Fort Sanders neighborhood while driving a visiting recruit, Knoxville Police spokesperson Darrell DeBusk said.
Officers pulled over freshmen wide receivers Gerald Jones and Ahmad Paige, both 18, at 11th Street and White Avenue at 10:41 p.m. The vehicle’s tag light was out, DeBusk said. When officers approached the vehicle, they saw “smoke coming from the open window” and smelled “burnt marijuana,” DeBusk said.
Jones was driving the vehicle, a Dodge Magnum. Paige, who was in the passenger seat, owned the car, The Associated Press reported.
Officers received consent from the occupants to search the vehicle and found two marijuana cigars, DeBusk said.
The driver and passenger told officers that the marijuana was theirs, according to The Associated Press.
Jones was cited for simple possession of marijuana, not wearing a seat belt and a tag light violation. Paige also was cited for simple marijuana possession.
In the back seat were freshman defensive lineman William Brimfield, 18 of Norway, S.C., and Jameel Owens of Oklahoma, who told officers he was a visiting recruit, DeBusk said. Neither was cited.
UT coach Phillip Fulmer and men’s athletics director Mike Hamilton announced Monday disciplinary action for Brimfield, Jones and Paige for a violation of team rules.
“I am extremely disappointed in these young men and the decision they made,” Fulmer said in a press release Monday. “This is an example of youth and stupidity by boys that need to become men and not make stupid and irrational decisions trying to impress each other.”
Fulmer said the players would be prohibited from hosting recruits for one year.