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Marijuana possession leads to arrest for Alabama running back

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After being pulled over for a broken licence plate light while on spring break, Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny soon found himself in a bit more legal trouble. Tenpenny was charged for possession of a controlled substance after police searched his vehicle and discovered 2.1 grams of marijuana during the traffic stop. 103.7 The Buzz in Little Rock, Arkansas was first to report the news. Tenpenny is a native of Little Rock.

According to multiple reports, Tenpenny is scheduled to appear in court on April 10. As it just so happens, the court date comes between Alabama spring practices.

Tenpenny played in all 13 games for Alabama last season, rushing for 82 yards on 22 attempts. He also scored a touchdown and made five tackles on special teams coverage. It is not expected Tenpenny was going to make a push for a starting job this fall for the Crimson Tide, but he certainly adds depth to the roster at the position.

There has been no statement from Alabama, although a suspension of some sort should probably be expected at some point if Tenpenny is found guilty.

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24 Responses to “Marijuana possession leads to arrest for Alabama running back”
  1. claygooding says: Apr 2, 2014 1:43 PM

    One has to wonder why potheads are profiled as lazy people with no ambition when gold medal winning Olympic athletes,college athletes and professional athletes keep getting busted for using it,,any chance someone lied to us and pot doesn’t make you lose IQ or become a couch potato,,,besides the fact that the last 4 Presidents used marijuana and lived through it,the PC was invented by one and the Napa Valley AI industry is filled with them. .

  2. dhardy8207 says: Apr 2, 2014 1:56 PM

    Well here we go…Exhibit A that Saban will make an example of….

    Hate to hear this….Youngster just shooting himself in the foot… He was 3rd in line to the starting position..

  3. mauldawg says: Apr 2, 2014 2:01 PM

    NS will NOT make an example of this thug. Nothing will happen it will be pushed aside like always. You go NS,show us how big a man you really are.

  4. mehtoolazy says: Apr 2, 2014 2:05 PM

    what do internet trolls do aside from talking trash? is that all they have in life? sad.

  5. normtide says: Apr 2, 2014 2:12 PM

    Mauldawg is outraged. However, he had nothing to say when a player, not from Alabama, was charged with sexual battery. His problem is with a team, not a social issue. Only a fool let’s sports allegiances dictate his morals.

    Read my post about the Auburn player that was arrested on pot charges. The same applies here. No reason to let this ruin the kid’s life. Keep him on a short leash, set goals he must meet to remain on the team.

  6. gatiger says: Apr 2, 2014 2:28 PM

    mauldawg…again with the “Thug”. Maybe not the brightest bulb in the pack, but “Thug”.

    Didn’t say he had a gun, didn’t say he tried to elude police, said he was pulled over for bulb out.

    If the kid continues to get in trouble…then maybe label him. But for this stupid thing he did, don’t think thug applies.

  7. Professor Fate says: Apr 2, 2014 2:59 PM

    Any sort of equipment violation, assuming you aren’t in violation of traffic laws, gives law enforcement an excuse to pull you over. Things usually go downhill from there.

    Check your lights, have the required number of license plates on the vehicle, put on your seat belt, don’t speed or run traffic lights (even a yellow one). If you are diligent you will dramatically reduce the chance of getting pulled over. This is especially important if you smoke pot, as the smell lingers in fabric and on your person.

    Tax-payer resources can be put to better use than arresting and transporting to detention someone who admits to having “smoked a blunt” an hour prior. In my line of work I have been to many traffic collision scenes, a large number of them fatalities, brought about by consumption of alcohol. I can’t ever recall working one where marijuana was a factor.

    Some states have acknowledged that pot is a relatively harmless recreational drug (Washington, Colorado), while many states still treat it as seriously as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine.

    In my opinion if I was this young man’s coach I might just let his punishment consist of the arrest and subsequent fine. He didn’t assault anyone, steal property, or rob a bank.

  8. dhardy8207 says: Apr 2, 2014 3:26 PM

    Professor Fate says;

    “In my line of work I have been to many traffic collision scenes, a large number of them fatalities, brought about by consumption of alcohol. I can’t ever recall working one where marijuana was a factor.”


    I agree… I’ve worked the ER at several hospitals around my area and the most horrific accidents are usually caused by alcohol consumption…

  9. mauldawg says: Apr 2, 2014 4:12 PM

    Sounds like to many pot heads working the streets. Grow up boys.

  10. musketmaniac says: Apr 2, 2014 5:04 PM

    thug, smoking pot makes you a thug. my great grandmother smokes pot with her church bingo, their pastor grows it. thugs? moron, really thugs, moron go bully somebody else

  11. imaduffer says: Apr 2, 2014 5:05 PM

    mauldawg we no who you are.

  12. tigersdawgs says: Apr 2, 2014 6:17 PM


  13. irishdodger says: Apr 2, 2014 7:43 PM

    Non-issue for me. However, I do believe he should have stayed home & committed to the Hogs or another less loaded school if he truly warns to play RB. If he doesn’t transfer due to lack of playing time, I predict they’ll switch him to Safety. Barring a string of injuries, he’ll never be the #1 RB at Bama.

  14. youthinkyouknowbutyoudontknow says: Apr 2, 2014 9:28 PM

    Dang, Alabama can’t afford to lose this guy!

  15. youthinkyouknowbutyoudontknow says: Apr 2, 2014 9:34 PM

    Dang. Alabama can’t afford to lose this guy!

  16. Romulus says: Apr 3, 2014 1:26 AM

    @norm dog
    I think you mean auburn recruit.
    But yes…I actually voted for this in the state of Washington. The stand time it’s illegal in the south and will always be illegal in the south because of its firm stance for conservatism. Guys need to be smarter no doubt.

  17. normtide says: Apr 3, 2014 7:31 AM

    My point is, I think it’s foolish to ruin a young man’s life because he smoked some weed, in college. If that’s the case, I think all of us would be living at a shelter.

    I thought the young man at Auburn signed his LOI, if so, he isn’t a recruit anymore, he is a team member. But, that’s semantics. The reason I posted on the Auburn article was my view on this matter doesn’t change, regardless of the name on the front of the jersey. If you base your moral outrage on which sports teams it involves, your an idiot. I try to look at it as if it was one of my kids. Yes, mistakes were made, but is it worth a life sentence?

    Alabama and many southern states are actually taking steps towards legalization. It will be a slow process, but I expect it to happen sooner than later.

  18. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Apr 3, 2014 8:32 AM

    Any way you look at it, pot is illegal. I am sure a fine will soon fallow. No need to further punish the kid in my opinion. Everyone who wants Bamma to drop the hammer on this kid is not thinking clearly. I understand if your angry that Bamma currently scares the NCAA to much for them to sanction the school for anything, but do not take it out on this kid who did nothing but smoke pot. The definition of thug is “a common criminal, who treats others violently and roughly, often for hire” so does pot head really apply?

  19. caliboss says: Apr 3, 2014 11:10 AM

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever


  20. caliboss says: Apr 3, 2014 11:11 AM

    who is more backwards then Alabama? not many, maybe Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi

    decades behind us, decades

  21. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Apr 3, 2014 11:34 AM


    California will most likely sink into the Pacific after a huge earthquake by two decades (not really but one can hope). You cant blame republicans for the south’s problems, except for the last few elections the south has been consistently blue. The war on drugs was officially started on 17 July 1971 by Richard Nixon a U.S. Representative and Senator from California! So much for that Californian good judgement you spoke of,lol. By the way I feel the war on drugs is crap to. Portugal became the first European nation to decriminalize possession of all drugs within its borders. They results of this experiment can be found by searching the topic on Google, the Time article is pretty good.

  22. normtide says: Apr 3, 2014 1:40 PM

    Caliboss- you sir are the reason weed is still illegal in 48 states. Next time, write your post, then smoke that blunt.

  23. suprmous says: Apr 4, 2014 12:26 AM

    Caliboss, you’re so funny. If anything where the South’s remotely related to politics it’s where the entire Country looks to the South for ideas. You should pick up a copy of the “Politically Incorrect Guide to the South and Why it Will Rise Again” before you speak. In doin that you’ll have a better understandin of what Southern Politics is all about. Sorry to the rest of you who’re regulars but sometime I feel the yahoos that want to come on here with their ignorancees just need a kick where the good Lord gave em a split. As for what weed does the jury’s still out but it is known for startin down the road to bigger problems. But why subject your body to it to begin with? The chemicals that are used to kill the pests is enuff for me and we all know or should know chemicals are poisions to the body. But enuff of all this. Folks are gonna do what they wanna do and no matter who they are.

  24. charger383 says: Apr 4, 2014 11:53 PM

    MJ should be legal

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