Starting left tackle for the Chicago Bears J'Marcus Webb will not be charged with illegal marijuana possession, according to recent reports. The professional football player was pulled over about six hours south of Chicago when police checked the speed of his car using a radar gun and determined that he was travelling 11 miles per hour above the speed limit. A spokesperson for the police department said that officers found a small amount of marijuana in the player's car, but that they are dismissing the charges for possession of marijuana.
As with anyone who is faced with drug charges, the player has a variety of considerations in addition to the possible criminal penalties, including the impact the allegations will have on his job and his reputation. Even for arrests or incidents that do not result in a criminal prosecution or a conviction can impact a person's professional life.
The left tackle has continued to train and does not seem to be facing any consequences from his team or the National Football League over the arrest. The NFL issued a statement indicating that they are investigating the incident internally. The football league does have a confidential drug treatment program that players may enter following an incident like this if the league is concerned about their performance or their health. The league does have a strict drug policy that it applies to players but it is not clear that this incident, without charges, violates their policy in a way that would result in a suspension.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Bear's Webb arrested but won't face drug charges," Brad Briggs and Carlos Sadovi, Feb. 27, 2013.
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