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Updated: Kentucky LB booted after arrest

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Just as our Police Blotter was hitting Day 5, Kentucky linebacker Ridge Wilson did his part to reset it back to zero. Wilson, a senior-to-be, was arrested on a felony drug charge early Sunday by local police during a routine patrol.

According to the story from WDRB in Louisville, police were in an area “known for drug trafficking and drug use” when they spotted a car with an Indiana license plate parked along the road. Police said they saw a man (Wilson) leaning down in the driver seat with no lights on in the inside of the vehicle.

When police investigated, Wilson was reportedly “extremely nervous” and “kept mentioning [that] he played football for the University of Kentucky.”

Police searched the vehicle with Wilson’s permission and reportedly found pair of jeans with a bag of Xanax pills in them. Police also allegedly found nearly $2,000 in cash on Wilson. The linebacker was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, and according a UK spokesperson, has been suspended from the team for “breaking team rules.”

Wilson was sixth on the team last season with 47 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery.

UPDATED 4:23 p.m. ET: That didn’t take long. Hours after news broke that Wilson was busted for his felony drug charge, Kentucky has announced that Wilson has been dismissed from the team.

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5 Responses to “Updated: Kentucky LB booted after arrest”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 27, 2012 11:22 AM

    Way to blow a free ride to college.

  2. drjem says: Feb 27, 2012 1:16 PM

    “JUST” so F’ing stupid. I JUST don’t understand these gifted atheletes. They have the world on a string and the string on their finger & they “STILL” F it up!!!

  3. mrmondaynite says: Feb 27, 2012 3:02 PM

    He’s done. Joker didn’t think twice and suspended STARTING QB Mike Hartline for the Compass Bowl in 2010 after he was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Hartline was a senior, and it was to be his last game, but Joker still made the move. Precedent does not bode well for Wilson, especially since many would consider this (trafficking) more serious than walking around drunk.

    It’s a shame, too; Wilson was talented and poised to be a defensive leader this season.

  4. jonkybon says: Feb 27, 2012 3:58 PM

    Too bad more coaches (esp named Spurrier) can’t put the law and what’s best for society above their own needs and agendas. Seriously doubt Richt, Dooley or Franklin would tolerate felons either.

  5. blueglaze says: Feb 27, 2012 7:02 PM

    Jonkybon: everyone knows the best lawyers reside in Gainesville…( ever seen The Devil’s Advocate?) ha

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