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Another day, another Gator weed drama

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Saturday, we were comfortable in confirming that Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins really, really enjoys his marijuana.  Allegedly.

Sunday, on Easter, we can apparently confirm that Jenkins ain’t the only Gator who has his come-to-Jesus moment one toke at a time.  Allegedly.

According to some outstanding holiday work by Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post, two other current members of the Florida Gators football program have been cited for pot since Will Muschamp — he of the “Florida way” — was officially hired as UF’s new head coach.  Specifically, Lieser writes the following:

Red-shirt freshman Chris Martin and red-shirt sophomore Kedric Johnson were charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana under 20 grams in separate incidents earlier this year.

The Gainesville Police Department arrested Martin, who is expected to compete for a starting job at defensive end or linebacker this summer, on Jan. 29 after officers detected the scent of the drug coming from a vehicle. Martin was in the car and revealed approximately two grams of cannabis when the police confronted him, the report said.

Johnson, a back-up linebacker, was arrested on Jan. 9 after an officer pulled him over for speeding and smelled marijuana. He produced two grams of it from his glove compartment, the police report said.

And before y’all start, let me stress again that I get it.  I get the fact that some people (wink wink, nudge nudge) believe that marijuana should be legalized, and that there’s money being thrown away via both pot prosecution and the lack of taxes on something that’s more benign than alcohol.

That doesn’t change the fact that it’s currently illegal.  And the fact that this latest revelation puts the first-year UF coach square in the crosshairs of public perception.

“There’s a certain thing that I’m going to refer to as the Florida way, and that’s the way they need to act, and that’s the way they need to represent our university,” Muschamp said when he was hired in December. “I’m going to demand that, and I think that you’ll understand in time that that’s something that’s very important to me.”

What’ll be interesting is how “very important to me” it’ll be when it comes time to put those first-day words into action; how important “they need to act… need to represent our university” is to Muschamp’s new culture, and how much, and to what degree, “I’m going to demand that.”

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23 Responses to “Another day, another Gator weed drama”
  1. whatswiththehate says: Apr 25, 2011 12:06 AM

    And the fact that this latest revelation puts the first-year UF coach square in the crosshairs of public perception.

    ———————
    He picked up right where Uburn Meyers left off..what else is new.

  2. jaypace says: Apr 25, 2011 12:28 AM

    So why are we hearing about this now instead of January 30. It’s almost may.

  3. gatiger says: Apr 25, 2011 7:00 AM

    Wouldn’t it be easier to report on the UF players NOT arrested for smoking pot.

  4. stairwayto7 says: Apr 25, 2011 9:39 AM

    stay classy SEC players….

  5. centexhorn says: Apr 25, 2011 10:09 AM

    Look, here’s something you need to know about Mack Brown. He doesn’t give a shit if you smoke pot. I remember one incident where we ran into Cedric Benson at the Arboretum. Like, my buddy literally ran into him, or he ran into my buddy as he was turning the corner. Anyway, we saw that he got into a candy green-painted Navigator. Later, when we came back to the parking garage, we was there were guts of a Swisher Sweet next to where he had been parked. He obviously rolled himself a blunt before driving off.

    Texas is about as squeeky-clean as it gets. The illegality of marijuana might matter to the people of Gainesville, but it doesn’t matter to the people of Austin. A program can still be squeeky-clean and be turning a blind eye to the kind of things kids do like smoke weed and get drunk, as long as those kids are smart about it. That’s all Mack asks, that kids be smart about it. Janoris obviously isn’t being smart about it. Either that, or cops there are more strict.

    It’s easily possible that he’s brought Mack’s mentality on this issue with him to Florida. But I think the Florida way should be the same as the Texas way. Don’t flip out about it as long as kids are smart about it.

    But it’s SEC Country, so I guess kids aren’t smart about much. Zing!

  6. burntorangehorn says: Apr 25, 2011 10:12 AM

    Muschamp said he doesn’t want to be a CEO coach. Obviously he’d rather be a crime boss coach like Meyer was.

  7. tryagainplease says: Apr 25, 2011 10:16 AM

    centexhorn – was your post sponsored by lunesta? fyi, genius texan, ‘squeaky’ has an ‘a’ in it, not two ‘e’s.

  8. centexhorn says: Apr 25, 2011 10:38 AM

    Was my post sponsored by Lunesta? That’s not a good one.

    Also, try to have a point next time you comment.

  9. solidmarine says: Apr 25, 2011 10:46 AM

    Breaking News: College kids smoke pot.

  10. blitz4848 says: Apr 25, 2011 10:49 AM

    On the positive side–there have been “no violent crimes on Muschamp’s watch!”

    If the only arrests are weed related then it will be a dramatic improvement…..it appears things may be “mellowing out in Gainesville.”

  11. tryagainplease says: Apr 25, 2011 10:57 AM

    centexhorn – i did have a point, your post was boring and worthless and then on top of that- it had the lamest of lame insults at the end.

  12. gamecockinfl says: Apr 25, 2011 12:04 PM

    As an SEC member I am smart enough to know that last time I checked smoking pot and drinking under the age of 21 is still illegal, EVERYWHERE. If Mack Brown is looking the other way, he should bare some of the responsibility for facilitating. Heads up parents of future Texas recruits.

  13. centexhorn says: Apr 25, 2011 12:10 PM

    tryagainplease, you mad?

  14. centexhorn says: Apr 25, 2011 12:15 PM

    gamecockinfl,

    Oh god, give me a break. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s like drinking a beer. As long as people are able to be productive citizens, stay out of their business. Who cares about the law? Really. It’s not hurting anybody.

    I didn’t realize people in SEC country are such tight-wads.

  15. blitz4848 says: Apr 25, 2011 12:30 PM

    What’s sad is JJ is hurting himself more than he may ever know!

    Jenkins is a rd 1 or 2 cover corner who has the talent, skill set and speed to play on Sundays.
    His lack of common sense intelligence may cost him more than a million $$$ if he slips into the later rounds.

    That is an awful expensive “high” that he can’t seem to get enough of………..

  16. ivedoneyourwife says: Apr 25, 2011 2:06 PM

    I’d rather have my kids high on pot than drunk on alchohol.
    Weed being illegal is the stupidest law in all of America and I don’t even smoke it.

  17. pff says: Apr 25, 2011 2:35 PM

    as a Gator fan…just kick the kids off the team and be done with it. F em

  18. tryagainplease says: Apr 25, 2011 6:26 PM

    centexhorn – no, you?

  19. bassmaster357 says: Apr 25, 2011 8:27 PM

    I have been to a lot of college parties at different places all kids smoke pot indoors and out.

    It’s just too bad

  20. burntorangehorn says: Apr 26, 2011 8:05 AM

    centex, I absolutely agree with you on Mack Brown, with the exception of the look-the-other-way implication. However, I don’t think bringing up Mack that was was necessary. As a Texas fan, I would really prefer to not mention the pedestal unless it becomes a natural part of the conversation.

  21. WingT says: Apr 26, 2011 8:48 AM

    You know, I bet Janoris Jenkins doesn’t inhale…thank you Bill Clinton

  22. pff says: Apr 26, 2011 1:48 PM

    Jenkins got booted

  23. edgy says: Apr 26, 2011 4:42 PM

    I think that too much is made by some of the “experts” when it comes to marijuana and how much it really hurts these kids when it comes to the draft. The NFL has been very flexible about this issue and it usually takes years for the pendulum to swing back the other way. When Marino dropped to the Dolphins, some people thought it was all about how he did that season but the concern wasn’t about his performance as much as they felt that marijuana had contributed to his season. After he turned out to be a lot better than most people had assumed, the NFL quietly kicked themselves in the rear end and put less emphasis on this “character” issue. Turn the clock forward several years and along comes Warren Sapp and another top talent takes a tumble. The Bucs thank their lucky stars that they not only got a top talent but that they were also able to get him on the cheap. After he turns out to be everything that people thought he would be without the pot, teams quietly stopped putting as much emphasis on this “character” issue. This year, there are those that are pushing for this issue with Ryan Mallett and while there are those that are quietly telling people who will listen that this is going to cost him, they’re more likely to use this in contract negotiations than they are when it comes to passing him over because they may want others in front of them to decide to wait for a later round or to reach for another QB so that he drops to them.

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