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Jalen Saunders one of two Sooners arrested on weed charges

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Regardless of where Oklahoma lands in the postseason — and it’s looking more and more likely it could be a game of the non-BCS variety — the Sooners could be bowling without one of its top offensive starters.

According to Jake Trotter of, wide receiver Jalen Saunders and cornerback Cortez Johnson were arrested early Sunday morning on a controlled substance complaint.  The substance in question was marijuana.

No details of what led to the arrests have been released, and the school has yet to comment on Saunders’ status for the Sooners’ bowl game.

Both players transferred into the program this offseason, Saunders from Fresno State and Johnson from Arizona.

After having his waiver for immediate eligibility approved by the NCAA Oct. 10, Saunders played in OU’s final eight games.  Despite missing a third of the season, Saunders is third on the team in receptions (53) and receiving yards (766), totals which are tops on the Sooners during that eight-game stretch.

Johnson has not played this season, sitting out the year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

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  1. kiopta1 says: Dec 2, 2012 4:26 PM


  2. jdillydawg says: Dec 2, 2012 4:32 PM

    Bummer. If they were Washington Huskies, this would have been nothing more than catching them with a beer!

  3. normtide says: Dec 2, 2012 4:41 PM

    For the millionth time. OMG COLLEGE KIDS SMOKE WEED!?!? I would have never thought that…

  4. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 2, 2012 5:51 PM

    I guess it’s officially the “bowl” season now…

  5. John Taylor says: Dec 2, 2012 5:54 PM

    “I guess it’s officially the bowl season now…”

    Bravo, sir. Bravo.

  6. libertynchurch says: Dec 2, 2012 7:05 PM

    For their sake, they want to live in a county where there is a big difference between ‘possession with intent to distribute’ and ‘possession for personal use’.

    Hope they learn from this, and become better men and citizens.

  7. huskylawyer says: Dec 2, 2012 9:59 PM

    They should have signed with Colorado or Washington…

  8. irishdodger says: Dec 3, 2012 12:14 AM

    Stoops better not suspend them as OU will need all the help they can get in the Cotton Bowl. The way theyrpve been giving up points, TAMU will roll Boomer Sooner. And Vandy & Kentucky fans everywhere will be celebrating…or something.

  9. malcolmkyle says: Dec 3, 2012 4:00 AM

    Here are just a few of the many highly motivated athletes whose drug of choice is cannabis/marijuana:

    * Usain Bolt, the 2008 World Record holder of the 100 and 200 meter sprint.

    * Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer ever with 14 Olympic gold medals.

    * Tim Linecum, the National League baseball’s Cy Young Award winner for 2009.

    * Santonio Holmes, the Super Bowl XLII’s MVP.

    * Mark Stepnoski, two-time Super Bowl champion. “I’d rather smoke than take painkillers.”

    * Randy Moss, NFL single season touchdown reception record (23, set in 2007), and the NFL single-season touchdown reception record for a rookie (17, in 1998). Moss has founded, and financed many charitable endeavors including the the Links for Learning foundation, formed in 2008.

    * Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leader in points scored (38,387), games played, minutes played, field goals made, field goal attempts, blocked shots and defensive rebounds. During his career with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers from 1969 to 1989, Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA championships and a record six regular season MVP Awards. He has a prescription to smoke marijuana in California, which he says he uses to control nausea and migraine headaches. He has been arrested twice for marijuana possession.


    * “I just let him know that most of the players in the league use marijuana and I have and do partake in smoking weed in the offseason” – Josh Howard, forward for the Dallas Mavericks. Howard admitted to smoking marijuana on Michel Irvin’s ESPN show.

    * “You got guys out there playing high every night. You got 60% of your league on marijuana. What can you do?” – Charles Oakley (Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets)

    * “I personally know boxers, body builders, cyclists, runners and athletes from all walks of life that train and compete with the assistance of marijuana,” —WWE wrestler Rob Van Dam

    * Some of the best cricket players of all time, like Phil Tufnell and Sir Ian Botham, have admitted to regularly using marijuana to deal with stress and muscle aches. In 2001, half of South Africa’s cricket team was caught smoking marijuana with the team physiotherapist. They were celebrating a championship victory in the Caribbean.

    * “At least a good 50 [US] Olympic athletes” use marijuana regularly before they stop in time for testing.” —Stephany Lee

  10. fox59mvp says: Dec 3, 2012 11:21 AM

    Malcolmkyle, so what’s your wordy point?

  11. rsmeans says: Dec 3, 2012 11:38 AM

    Despite the often terrible consequences of drugs I believe all drugs should be legalized but I do not think that any effective coach, teacher or businessman can afford to tolerate drugs among his players, students or employees. At Alabama if you use drugs you are automatically suspended and a second offense leads to a dismissal. Most important team members do not treat players well who use drugs and Saban keeps players so busy on football and academics that drugs or alcohol are rarely an option.

  12. fox59mvp says: Dec 3, 2012 11:44 AM

    To rsmeans:
    I’m not an Alabama fan, and certainly not a Saban fan, but if that’s Alabama’s policy of (1) suspension, and, (2) dismissal, I salute the Crimson Tide for adhering to that policy.

    I may not like the law either, but as long as it’s the law, then you have to live with it and be punished if you don’t.

    If enough of us don’t like it, we have to change the law.

  13. friarjack61 says: Dec 3, 2012 1:35 PM

    Today, we have a culture of people, many of whose parents and their friends were ‘counter’ revolutionary’ protesters during the Viet Nam war…a period when weed became intricately used as was and is, breathing. Although, always illegal, those in that part of society, had their own rules, and defied the law, as they do today. Making the possession legal in two States, does not eliminate the personal responsibility for using a Federally illegal drug. Permitting this on campus, could result in Federal funding for any, or all school programs rescinded.
    Stupidity lives in the minds of ‘so called’, athletes who use any form of drugs, that make them ‘feel better’, or enhance their performance.

  14. ngwallace1986 says: Dec 3, 2012 3:05 PM

    Malcolmkyle has a very worthy point that is quite simple if you just read his post. The point is that it is absurd to arrest and stick young people with criminal records for using marijuana, which is unquestionably less deadly than alcohol (and I love a cold beer as much as anyone). To make this point he highlighted many successful people in sports who have or still do use marijuana for a wide array of different reasons. As long as you fulfill your obligations to yourself, your family, and the organization you are a part of, than it should not be anyone’s business if you decide to smoke marijuana or not!! If you are lazy, skip class, under-perform than punish someone for that; not arbitrarily designating them as criminals because they were found to be in possession of some marijuana on a weekend after a big football game. A weekend where no doubt there is pervasive binge drinking going on that is legally protected on college campuses all over; but God forbid somebody wants to relax and smoke a little marijuana at home and watch TV or read a book something? It’s outrageous that with all the crazy stuff that goes on in terms of partying in college, that a couple kids who simply had some marijuana on them are in the national news receiving this level of scrutiny. I understand the nature of big time college sports and that is part of the beast (the scrutiny along with the lime light), however this is a non-story and will only become less and less of one as we continue to fight to repeal our draconian cannabis laws nationwide. What if the people on the aforementioned list of people who have used marijuana in some form had all been caught and arrested while doing so? Would anyone be any better off? No, of course not, and in fact it could have led to them never even having the chance to achieve great things simply because we arbitrarily classify people as “dumb” “stupid” “selfish” or whatever the adjective may be not based on how they perform in school or in football, but because now we all know that these two student-athletes from OU are “druggies” or “criminals”. That is not right, even though rules are the rules, some rules need to be broken in order to lead towards a heightened national consciousness of their absurdity and need to be reformed. From their personal standpoint yes, stay clear of all potential pitfalls that can leads to bad PR for yourselves and your teammates and coaches, but from a perspective of advancing the dialogue towards ending marijuana prohibition, sadly these are discussions and lives affected negatively as a result that have to happen to spark change!! Regulating and taxing marijuana like alcohol (21 and over) is the way to go, no guise of medicinal or not, simply just like alcohol is regulated, nothing more and nothing less is the way to go. Remember that drug dealers don’t ask for ID from teens (making marijuana many times easier to procure than alcohol for youngsters) like stores do when purchasing alcohol, keep alcohol and drugs away from teens, and set up a responsible regulatory structure for the sale of marijuana to adults who make their own personal choice to partake or not?

  15. ddmondello says: Dec 4, 2012 11:43 AM

    Too many old fashioned rednecks resistant to change on this site.
    Marijuana is nothing compared to alcohol. Old fashioned values die hard with the GOP and rednecks.
    Some people here have intelligent thought regarding legalizing pot and changing the feudal system of throwing people in jail for pot.
    But many of you have an epic failure, standing on old fashioned and impaired logic with regard to pots usage.
    I’m glad I don’t live where many of you do. I couldn’t tolerate the rigid, feudal way you approach logic.
    By the way, WE have made it enormously clear that redneck thought is passe now with our election of Obama for a second term. No more feudalistic thought, greed and lies from the GOP. America spoke loud and clear! Try to get on the boat with educated America if you can!

  16. friarjack61 says: Dec 4, 2012 12:31 PM

    To ddmondello; With your comment, you expose yourself as a individual with far different values, and of little conscience for a part of your type of society, that this Country does not embrace. If you want a Marxist/Socialistic society keep voting for the lack of character type that you currently embrace……..and let me know if you ever learn anything in the background of your Savior in the WH ? Be sure you continue to smoke pot, so you will be able to make better decisions in your life.

  17. ngwallace1986 says: Dec 7, 2012 4:55 PM

    Hey friarjack61, I have no savior in the WH or any political office for that matter. Demonstrates pretty well your ignorance regarding the subject, because the Obama Administration has actually taken a hard line stance on perpetuating the failed drug ward status-quo. Eric Holder’s Justice Department has aggressively gone after medical marijuana in California, Montana, and elsewhere, so perhaps you should do a little more research before you start making laughable assertions that I worship at the alter of any politician. Not to mention the offensive notion that anyone that questions the absurdity of our nation’s failed drug war policies that have existed under administrations both Democrat and Republican; would imply the person raising the question is simply doing so because they want to smoke “pot” or get “high”. What a joke, I don’t even know why I am wasting my time responding to someone so utterly misinformed with regards to ascribing to fallacious stereotypes of anyone who challenges the unjust and fiscally unsound policy of marijuana prohibition. Alcohol is legal, yet because of that mere fact, I and I’m sure you being such a pious gentleman don’t just go up to the minute market and buy beer every morning on the way to work because you can? If marijuana was commercially legal and regulated, as to keep the profits out of the hands of criminal cartels and gangs, it would be a reduction in violence that would be the most profound effect. However, reasoning with dogmatic people stuck in a drug warrior mentality in usually a futile endeavor, but you are fooling yourself if you think the legality or illegality of marijuana is going to make a major difference with regards to the numbers of users here in the U.S. How did that whole banning alcohol experiment work out? That really stopped the problems associated with the social ills that result from alcohol abuse right? Wrong, organized crime simply celebrated prohibition’s advent as a means of increasing their profits and influence. The banning of alcohol exacerbated the problems associated with alcohol abuse, it didn’t solve them, but you would probably assert that the people wanting to repeal alcohol prohibition were secret Marxist revolutionaries trying to destroy the greatness of the American Republic by arguing for the legality of a substance (alcohol) that contributes to domestic violence, countless vehicular deaths every year, major health consequences resulting from over-consumption, and on and on I could go. I love a good cold beer in moderation as much as anyone, but the hypocrisy of people that want to demonize the two young men arrested at OU last week, while turning a blind eye to the copious amounts of alcohol being consumed on college campuses across the country is simply outrageous!

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