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Jonathan Babineaux pleads no contest to marijuana charges

The good news for Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux?  Felony marijuana charges, including a charge of possession with intent to deliver, has been reduced by prosecutors to three misdemeanor possession counts.

The better news?  By pleading no contest to one, the other two will be suspended and not prosecuted if Babineaux successfully completes a one-year probation period.

The bad news?  He likely can expect at least a one-game suspension without pay, and possibly a one-game fine on top of it.

According to Alex Marvez of, Babineaux entered the plea on Monday

Recently, the league suspended Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill for one game without pay, and the league imposed a one-game fine on top of the suspension.

Babineaux was arrested in December 2009, after police found three bags of marijuana in his car.  Three years ago, Babineaux was arrested for felony animal cruelty.  Though the charges were dismissed, it’s possible that the NFL will regard the mere filing of the charges as an aggravating factor when deciding the specific amount of the discipline to be imposed.

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8 Responses to “Jonathan Babineaux pleads no contest to marijuana charges”
  1. Vikadontis Rex says: Jul 19, 2010 10:03 PM

    Lock him up and throw away the key! I mean come on… It’s marijuana! Mine as well be murder.

  2. Crabcake says: Jul 19, 2010 10:10 PM

    legalize it!

  3. MrNatural says: Jul 19, 2010 10:11 PM

    Sounds like him and Vick are the beginnings of a new league!

  4. Dixon29 says: Jul 19, 2010 10:15 PM

    Dangerous road he is traveling down. Hope he can get it together.

  5. madbillsfan says: Jul 19, 2010 10:49 PM

    I’m pleading no contest to marijuana right now!!!

  6. PurpleNGold says: Jul 20, 2010 1:19 AM

    So he could afford some fat sacks. It’s not believable that someone of his financial stature would need to use his car to deliver bags of weed; fear of the draconian punishment that awaited him was effective motivation for him to sign the paper. He has to learn to how be cooler about this in the future.
    @ Crabcake
    Absolutely. The laws are the problem, not the people.

  7. Bdrunk says: Jul 20, 2010 9:02 AM

    Jonathan Doobineaux?

  8. Paulitik says: Jul 21, 2010 12:57 AM

    Let’s hope it’s just a one gamer, we need him. Let’s hope that game is against the Steelers. With Big Ben and Colon out, and Leftwich behind center, it should counteract the loss.

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