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Ex-Minnesota WR arrested on suspicion of marijuana charge

A.J. Barker AP

Minnesota’s former leading receiver, who will now be Houston’s new wide receiver, has encountered a legal problem before playing one snap for the Cougars.

Per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, A.J. Barker was arrested and charged with suspicion of marijuana possession in Houston. The paper cites the Harris County District Clerk office with the details. Barker was arrested Sunday night and released on $500 bond. His court date is Feb. 14, per the report.

Barker announced he was leaving the team late last year and wrote a lengthy blog post alleging mistreatment by head coach Jerry Kill. That post has since been removed. Kill has denied any mistreatment and says he wished he had a chance to speak with Barker before he left the team.

Despite being the Gophers’ leading receiver in 2012 (30 catches for 577 yards and seven touchdowns), Barker was still a walk-on. Because he was not on scholarship, Barker will not have to sit out a season in the transfer process.

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7 Responses to “Ex-Minnesota WR arrested on suspicion of marijuana charge”
  1. thegamecocker says: Jan 17, 2013 10:51 AM

    OMG, a marijuana charge!!! No, I just do not believe that! A college student trying Mary-Jane….
    no way!!!

  2. juanquixote says: Jan 17, 2013 10:53 AM

    Suspicion of marijuana possession? That’s a thing?

  3. cliverush says: Jan 17, 2013 11:41 AM

    That’s right Your Honor, there was a strange smell in the vicinity of the defendant. I can describe it to you now. No, sir I did not observe any illegal activity, but he did look suspicious.

  4. sanduskyshowerboy says: Jan 17, 2013 12:25 PM

    Why is a Minnesota newspaper reporting this and not a Texas one?

  5. dcviking says: Jan 17, 2013 1:46 PM

    sanduskyshowerboy says: Jan 17, 2013 12:25 PM

    Why is a Minnesota newspaper reporting this and not a Texas one?

    He’s from Minnesota, and this, when coupled with previous acts from his high school days and the way he left Minnesota, serve to better illustrate what type of person he is.

    Also, for the record, he was originally a walk on who had done nothing of note prior to this year. Given his performance this year, he would have gotten a scholarship next year. However, once the season starts you cannot make a walk-on player a scholarship player until it ends (at least, that’s what Coach Kill indicated).

  6. nothanksimdriving123 says: Jan 17, 2013 3:24 PM

    Marijuana? Well, thank god they have capital punishment there in Texas, to do away with such vicious criminals. We all know that these sadistic marijuana monsters are just one step away from trying to purchase tortilla chips and beer. It just makes me shudder.

  7. arrogantnation says: Jan 17, 2013 5:06 PM


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