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Panthers cut player after pot arrest

Lawrence Wilson AP

There is a sliding scale of justice in the NFL.

If you are going to get arrested, make sure you are very talented.  Teams will try to send a “message” about character if you aren’t good enough at football.

The Panthers did just that on Tuesday, cutting practice squad player Lawrence Wilson five days after he was caught driving with weed during the team’s bye week.  Wilson was a sixth-round pick this year.

Wilson said Monday that coach Ron Rivera indicated he’d keep his spot on the team, but that only remained true for another day.

If Wilson was contributing more on the field, they would have likely looked the other way.

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38 Responses to “Panthers cut player after pot arrest”
  1. mikeheruki says: Nov 8, 2011 4:33 PM

    Better get some clean pee before you try to get that job at Home Depot.

  2. explosionsauce says: Nov 8, 2011 4:33 PM

    Legalize it!

  3. quittsburghstoolers says: Nov 8, 2011 4:34 PM

    CFL, here he comes…

  4. chatham10 says: Nov 8, 2011 4:35 PM

    Good thing it was not Steve Smith.

  5. dacdaveas says: Nov 8, 2011 4:37 PM

    I’ll chief down to that.

  6. cakemixa says: Nov 8, 2011 4:39 PM

    Gotta love the NFL. A contributing player gets a DUI? Look the other way.

  7. jeffperk says: Nov 8, 2011 4:44 PM

    Steelers – Cedric Wilson / James Harrison

  8. jackfnburton says: Nov 8, 2011 4:46 PM

    LOL

    Steve Smith is having a decent year. He’d have gotten an apology from the Rowan County Sherrif’s Department and a new contract.

  9. seneca1ss says: Nov 8, 2011 4:47 PM

    if he can Tackle, the Bucs will take him

  10. schmitty2 says: Nov 8, 2011 4:47 PM

    I’m surprised he wasn’t drafted “higher”

  11. The Phantom Stranger says: Nov 8, 2011 4:51 PM

    Are you suggesting that if Cam Newton were caught with some pot, he should be cut? You do a cost-benefit analysis with every player to determine if their value is worth whatever trouble they are. Is there something wrong with that?

  12. schmitty2 says: Nov 8, 2011 5:02 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Nov 8, 2011 4:51 PM
    Are you suggesting that if Cam Newton were caught with some pot, he should be cut? You do a cost-benefit analysis with every player to determine if their value is worth whatever trouble they are. Is there something wrong with that?

    So why do the Vikes have Chris Cook still?

  13. NFLJunkie says: Nov 8, 2011 5:10 PM

    Are you suggesting that if Cam Newton were caught with some pot, he should be cut?

    Depends. Is the pot to take the edge off while he gets a tattoo?

  14. ctp603 says: Nov 8, 2011 5:39 PM

    Somewhere in Cincinnati Jerome Simpson is laughing.

  15. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Nov 8, 2011 5:58 PM

    Let’s see. Strangle you girlfriend, no worries. Smoke some weed, pack your bags. Hypocrisy?

  16. jessethegreat says: Nov 8, 2011 6:06 PM

    He should have legally changed his name to Percy Harvin. Then he wouldn’t have been cut. He would have been overdrafted in the 1st round even.

  17. mikehockhurtz says: Nov 8, 2011 6:08 PM

    Wow…first Haynesworth cut, now Wilson….

    The Eagles are licking their chops

  18. rdrs68 says: Nov 8, 2011 6:10 PM

    it’s way past time for society to mature and realize that the “evil weed” is here-it’s always been here-it will always be here. Why can’t we just accept it as the benign substance that it is and stop this Reefer Madness?

  19. prior0knowledge says: Nov 8, 2011 6:40 PM

    with all the laws against weed out there and with all the trouble you’d get into if you are caught smoking it, then that means that you have a problem with weed. very simple. cut ‘em

  20. MossMoon2Packers says: Nov 8, 2011 7:00 PM

    The main reason that marijuana is illegal is due to the political pressure asserted by the alcohol industry, which fears a big drop-off in alcohol sales if marijuana is legalized (because you could grow your own supply). Marijuana is nowhere near as dangerous or addictive as alcohol.

  21. txxxchief says: Nov 8, 2011 7:15 PM

    Scientific research has shown that regular use of marijuana reduces intelligence and impairs learning. A fact, proven once again here. Habitual alcohol use also impairs judgement and cognition. So forget about the “it’s safer than alcohol arguments.”

  22. greenpacker says: Nov 8, 2011 7:34 PM

    its safer than alcohol.

  23. cincinnasti says: Nov 8, 2011 7:52 PM

    Bengals keep player after finding out he sells A LOT of pot..

  24. sschmiggles says: Nov 8, 2011 7:54 PM

    txxxchief says:
    Nov 8, 2011 7:15 PM
    Scientific research has shown that regular use of marijuana reduces intelligence and impairs learning
    __________________________________

    It does neither.

    Google the subject. the first headline is….

    “Study: Intelligence, cognition unaffected by heavy marijuana use”

    from harvard.edu

    You can always tell when someone’s never had any kind of real life experience with weed.

  25. artflooney says: Nov 8, 2011 7:56 PM

    “a friend of mine” started smoking weed to curb an impossible alcohol problem. Now he feels great, hasn’t had a drink in 3 years, and has done very well at work and in life…and the need for alchoholic is completely gone. While he was drinking, he was dying.

  26. doe22us says: Nov 8, 2011 7:57 PM

    Pot heads

  27. nyjalleffingday says: Nov 8, 2011 8:06 PM

    Even NFL players are victims of this silly drug war, just legalize it already.

  28. kepickle says: Nov 8, 2011 8:09 PM

    yea well if this happened with the Raiders or the Ravins they would have given him a pay raise & a starting job after putting him on the 53 man roster

  29. dkeyser says: Nov 8, 2011 8:44 PM

    sschmiggles says:Nov 8, 2011 7:54 PM

    txxxchief says:
    Nov 8, 2011 7:15 PM
    Scientific research has shown that regular use of marijuana reduces intelligence and impairs learning
    __________________________________

    It does neither.

    Google the subject. the first headline is….

    “Study: Intelligence, cognition unaffected by heavy marijuana use”

    from harvard.edu

    You can always tell when someone’s never had any kind of real life experience with weed.
    ———————————————————
    Yes you can tell.. You can tell by when a person Googles the subject, instead of knowing first hand.
    I know quite a few people who smoke dope several times a day for 20+ years and every one of them are dumber than a box of rocks

  30. kingtut52 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:18 PM

    ———————————————————
    Yes you can tell.. You can tell by when a person Googles the subject, instead of knowing first hand.
    I know quite a few people who smoke dope several times a day for 20+ years and every one of them are dumber than a box of rocks
    Then you should pick better friends ………..my friend

  31. jessethegreat says: Nov 8, 2011 9:45 PM

    Statistics dictate that dope is used by more low income citizens than higher income citizens. I know there exceptions to the rule, but intelligent functioning people are less likely to smoke. What does that tell you?

  32. rippedoffhead says: Nov 8, 2011 10:43 PM

    @jessethegreat

    Doesn’t really tell me much… Just that they maybe prefer cocaine…

    And please define “intelligent”… I know plenty of dumb, book smart people as well as book dumb, everyday life smart people…

    Weed and alcohol are both 100% fine for you in moderation…just like everything else

  33. rippedoffhead says: Nov 8, 2011 10:46 PM

    And besides… Another reason more low income people smoke weed than higher income people is because there are way more lower income people. Simple math really

  34. jessethegreat says: Nov 9, 2011 12:22 AM

    rippedoffhead says:
    Nov 8, 2011 10:43 PM
    @jessethegreat

    Doesn’t really tell me much… Just that they maybe prefer cocaine…

    And please define “intelligent”… I know plenty of dumb, book smart people as well as book dumb, everyday life smart people…

    Weed and alcohol are both 100% fine for you in moderation…just like everything else
    ————————————————
    That’s what’s wrong with this country. They are not fine for you if you receive any kind of government assistance. People receiving aid for housing, food, energy assistance etc. need to give up the drugs and pay their own ways. If you can’t completely pay your own way, get off the drugs. My hostility with this subject isn’t directed at you in particular. It’s more with much of society’s expectation for the working public to pay their way. You may very well be a hard working – pay your own way type of person.

  35. earthtopft says: Nov 9, 2011 2:34 AM

    Maybe if he painted the pot bag black and wrote Cam Newton in big white letters on top of it they would have thought the weed wasn’t his.

  36. jimmylions says: Nov 9, 2011 2:54 AM

    The statement, “If person xxxxx was contributing more , management would have likely looked the other way,” applies everywhere.

    This is not fair, but it’s hardly a newsflash.

  37. mhs8031 says: Nov 9, 2011 3:21 AM

    There should be a double standard. It is about risk and reward. When the risk outweighs the reward, you are cut. If a great player is found with pot, the risk (negative publicity, influence on teammates) may not outweigh the reward potential, so he is retained.

    Why are so many people shocked by this? This is not a principal deviating from the handbook, this is business.

  38. souldogdave says: Nov 9, 2011 10:50 AM

    He was borderline, so they made an example out of him. Wouldn’t have happened to a starter.

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