It appears one member of Arizona’s football program celebrated the Wildcats’ Pac-12 South-clinching win Friday night a little too much. Allegedly.
According to the Arizona Daily Star, Samajie Grant was cited very early Saturday morning for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs following a traffic stop. Additionally, he was charged with minor in possession of spirituous liquor, person under 21 in physical control of a motor vehicle with spirituous liquor and driving without a valid operator’s license.
Despite the serious nature of the offense, the only football-related punishment, at least for now, for Samajie is that he won’t start the conference championship game against Oregon. How long he’ll remain on the sideline after the Wildcats’ first offensive play of the game is the great unknown.
“We were notified earlier today of an issue involving Samajie Grant. After communicating with Samajie, local law enforcement and our athletics administration, we’ve decided that the appropriate form of action is to make sure Samajie receives counseling and takes part in community-service activities,” head coach Rich Rodriguez said in a statement. “We’re disappointed in Samajie’s decision-making, but we expect this to be an isolated incident and he won’t be starting in the Pac-12 Championship game.”
The Daily Star wrote that the traffic stop was triggered by a deputy who “observed a vehicle with the license plate lights not working and observed behavior of a possibly impaired driver.” The deputy noted the smell of marijuana coming from a Chevy Camaro that had seven individuals inside of it.
Grant, obviously, was the driver.
“We’re aware of the issue regarding Samajie Grant. We’ve been in contact with Samajie and local law enforcement has informed us that he was cooperative during the process,” athletic director Greg Byrne said. “We’re extremely disappointed in Samajie and he will be undergoing counseling and taking part in community service as a result of his actions.”
Grant is currently second on the team in receiving yards (645) and receiving touchdowns (five), while he’s third in receptions (40). In the win over rival Arizona State that handed the division to UA after UCLA’s loss, Grant caught four passes for 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns.