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Pot arrest nets two-game suspension for Ball State’s Jonathan Newsome

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Expected to start for Ball State after transferring from Ohio State, Jonathan Newsome‘s availability for the early portion of the 2012 season is up in the air following an off-field incident earlier in the week.

According to the Muncie Star Press, the defensive lineman was arrested very early Monday morning and charged with possession of marijuana.  Additionally, Newsome was being held on a warrant for a shoplifting-type charge back in November.

Newsome was pulled over by a Muncie police officer at 1:20 a.m. after failing to signal while making a left turn.  Newsome’s Washington D.C. license plates were also expired, while a search of the vehicle revealed a bag of marijuana in the player’s wallet.

As a result of the arrest, head coach Pete Lembo announced Newsome has been suspended for the first two games of the season.  Newsome will miss the Aug. 30 and Sept. 8 games against Eastern Michigan and Clemson, respectively.

After playing in 18 games at linebacker the past two seasons, including 13 in 2010, Newsome decided to transfer from the Buckeyes in late July last year.  He sat out the 2011 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

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9 Responses to “Pot arrest nets two-game suspension for Ball State’s Jonathan Newsome”
  1. mhalt99 says: Aug 24, 2012 8:58 AM

    kid, you’ll never be presiden……..oh wait, carry on.

  2. raider2124 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:02 AM

    Another criminal thAt doesn’t deserve the privilege of attending college. Affirmative action at work. Taking a scholarship from a Asian, Indian, white or Spanish kid.

  3. friarjack61 says: Aug 24, 2012 11:08 AM

    It’s the coaches. If they exhibited any discipline and structure of rules, they would be telling these lack of character jocks, that if they use drugs, get in trouble with the law, and do not attend classes, you are off the team, and will no longer be enrolled.
    This should be in a contract that every jock signs before enrolling. The NCAA should require such.
    Two games ! What does his agent think about this?

  4. xcerebus1 says: Aug 24, 2012 11:59 AM

    I’m curious how many gamed he’d have been suspended for, say skipping practice? Or arguing with the coach?

  5. mhalt99 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:05 PM

    “It’s the coaches. If they exhibited any discipline and structure of rules, they would be telling these lack of character jocks”

    what would you say to Obama, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Steve Jobs, San Fran and Silicon Valley not to mention all of California……….

  6. emeraldcityfan says: Aug 24, 2012 12:46 PM

    You left out the part about how the shoplifting charge was for trying to steal male enhancement pills. Pfizer has it’s new spokesman.

  7. vincentbojackson says: Aug 24, 2012 6:28 PM

    You can take the Buckeye out of Columbus, but you can’t take the Buckeye out of the player.

  8. abninf says: Aug 24, 2012 7:43 PM

    Two games? Gee, Ball State sure is tough on crime.

  9. borophyll says: Aug 24, 2012 11:30 PM

    @vincent, that’s easily the dumbest thing I’ve read all day and I’m not even talking about how badly you butchered the joke.

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