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Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas arrested

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Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas was arrested early Monday morning in Morgantown, West Virginia and charged with a misdemeanor for possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana.

The West Virginia MetroNews Network reports Thomas was pulled over going the wrong way down a one-way street. When the former Mountaineer was asked for his registration, he opened his glove compartment and pulled out a bundle that contained two bags of what appeared to be marijuana.

(Always keep the weed and the registration separate!)

The sixth-round pick in 2011 spent last year on injured reserve. He was back in his college town raising money for his foundation. Thomas was the subject of a great profile during Super Bowl week. His foundation deals with children with epilepsy and he surprised one boy he met at team holiday event by bringing the boy to the Super Bowl.

It’s uncertain if Thomas was already in the league’s substance abuse program, but he will be part of it now.

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22 Responses to “Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas arrested”
  1. staffordsyear says: Feb 13, 2012 5:10 PM

    Who?

  2. chadmurdigan says: Feb 13, 2012 5:12 PM

    I hope the day comes when this insanity about busting people for pot comes to an end.

  3. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 13, 2012 5:13 PM

    If you told me this story, without telling me what team he played for, I absolutely would if guessed the bears.

  4. malcolmkyle says: Feb 13, 2012 5:16 PM

    Here are just a few of the many highly motivated athletes whose drug of choice is cannabis/marijuana:

    * Usain Bolt, the 2008 World Record holder of the 100 and 200 meter sprint.

    * Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer ever with 14 Olympic gold medals.

    * Tim Linecum, the National League baseball’s Cy Young Award winner for 2009.

    * Santonio Holmes, the Super Bowl XLII’s MVP.

    * Mark Stepnoski, two-time Super Bowl champion. “I’d rather smoke than take painkillers.”

    * Randy Moss, NFL single season touchdown reception record (23, set in 2007), and the NFL single-season touchdown reception record for a rookie (17, in 1998). Moss has founded, and financed many charitable endeavors including the the Links for Learning foundation, formed in 2008.

    * Ricky Williams, the Heisman Trophy Winner in 1998. Throughout his life, Williams has dealt with anxiety and depression. He used to advertise the prescription drug Paxil. However he later stated “Marijuana is 10 times better for me than Paxil.”

    * Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leader in points scored (38,387), games played, minutes played, field goals made, field goal attempts, blocked shots and defensive rebounds. During his career with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers from 1969 to 1989, Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA championships and a record six regular season MVP Awards. He has a prescription to smoke marijuana in California, which he says he uses to control nausea and migraine headaches. He has been arrested twice for marijuana possession.

    * “I just let him know that most of the players in the league use marijuana and I have and do partake in smoking weed in the offseason” – Josh Howard, forward for the Dallas Mavericks. Howard admitted to smoking marijuana on Michel Irvin’s ESPN show.

    * “You got guys out there playing high every night. You got 60% of your league on marijuana. What can you do?” – Charles Oakley (Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets)

    * “I personally know boxers, body builders, cyclists, runners and athletes from all walks of life that train and compete with the assistance of marijuana,” – WWE wrestler Rob Van Dam

    * Some of the best cricket players of all time, like Phil Tufnell and Sir Ian Botham, have admitted to regularly using marijuana to deal with stress and muscle aches. In 2001, half of South Africa’s cricket team was caught smoking marijuana with the team physiotherapist. They were celebrating a championship victory in the Caribbean.

  5. doe22us says: Feb 13, 2012 5:22 PM

    The guy must have been high, anyhow as a fringe player this is indeed the last thing that you need. I admire the cause that his foundation suports, but cmon men!!!!!

  6. nypd1056 says: Feb 13, 2012 5:39 PM

    malcolmkyle says:Feb 13, 2012 5:16 PM

    Here are just a few of the many highly motivated athletes whose drug of choice is cannabis/marijuana:

    * Usain Bolt, the 2008 World Record holder of the 100 and 200 meter sprint.

    * Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer ever with 14 Olympic gold medals.

    * Tim Linecum, the National League baseball’s Cy Young Award winner for 2009.

    * Santonio Holmes, the Super Bowl XLII’s MVP.

    * Mark Stepnoski, two-time Super Bowl champion. “I’d rather smoke than take painkillers.”

    * Randy Moss, NFL single season touchdown reception record (23, set in 2007), and the NFL single-season touchdown reception record for a rookie (17, in 1998). Moss has founded, and financed many charitable endeavors including the the Links for Learning foundation, formed in 2008.

    * Ricky Williams, the Heisman Trophy Winner in 1998. Throughout his life, Williams has dealt with anxiety and depression. He used to advertise the prescription drug Paxil. However he later stated “Marijuana is 10 times better for me than Paxil.”

    * Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leader in points scored (38,387), games played, minutes played, field goals made, field goal attempts, blocked shots and defensive rebounds. During his career with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers from 1969 to 1989, Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA championships and a record six regular season MVP Awards. He has a prescription to smoke marijuana in California, which he says he uses to control nausea and migraine headaches. He has been arrested twice for marijuana possession.

    * “I just let him know that most of the players in the league use marijuana and I have and do partake in smoking weed in the offseason” – Josh Howard, forward for the Dallas Mavericks. Howard admitted to smoking marijuana on Michel Irvin’s ESPN show.

    * “You got guys out there playing high every night. You got 60% of your league on marijuana. What can you do?” – Charles Oakley (Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets)

    * “I personally know boxers, body builders, cyclists, runners and athletes from all walks of life that train and compete with the assistance of marijuana,” – WWE wrestler Rob Van Dam

    * Some of the best cricket players of all time, like Phil Tufnell and Sir Ian Botham, have admitted to regularly using marijuana to deal with stress and muscle aches. In 2001, half of South Africa’s cricket team was caught smoking marijuana with the team physiotherapist. They were celebrating a championship victory in the Caribbean.

    AND YOUR POINT IS?????

    Oh I know, THEY ARE GREAT ROLL MODELS for our youth.

  7. chiadam says: Feb 13, 2012 5:39 PM

    This drug arrest is much less embarrassing than the Sam Hurd drug arrest. Bear Down!

  8. momentumtech says: Feb 13, 2012 5:47 PM

    JT must have missed the rookie orientation.

    The first thing they tell you:

    Never put your weed or your guns in the glove compartment!

    Always have someone in your entourage hold onto your party favors.

    Other lessons learned from pro athletes:
    1. Never put your weed in aluminum foil going through airport security. Yes, aluminum is metal. Thank you Damon Stoudemire.

    2. Do not take a loaded fire arm in your carry on bag at the airport. Thank you Shawn Rogers and many more.

    3. Do not carry a shotgun in a guitar case. Thank you Delonte West.

    4. Don’t get large shipments of weed mailed to your home address. Thank you Bengals.

    5. Keep your gun on safety. Thanks Plexico.

    The hits just keep coming …

  9. isphet71 says: Feb 13, 2012 6:08 PM

    If weed was taxable it would be more legal than alcohol.

  10. icancountcanyou says: Feb 13, 2012 6:45 PM

    chadmurdigan says:
    Feb 13, 2012 5:12 PM
    I hope the day comes when this insanity about busting people for pot comes to an end.

    ———————————————

    Agreed, but perhaps had this particular individual decided to drive the correct direction down the street then his pot would not have been an issue.

  11. imjinbrdgr says: Feb 13, 2012 7:19 PM

    That’s the thing about those one way signs when you’re stoned, you’re never quite sure if they are telling you where you’re going or where you’ve been.

  12. brasho says: Feb 13, 2012 7:51 PM

    Yeah, we should legalize weed, I’m sure this idiot being a stoner had nothing to do with the fact that he’s so stupid he goes down the wrong way or pull out a bag of weed when looking for his registration.

    Pot kills brain cells and the majority of Americans don’t have any they can spare. JT Thomas is no exception.

  13. fumblenuts says: Feb 13, 2012 9:43 PM

    “When the former Mountaineer was asked for his registration, he opened his glove compartment and pulled out a bundle that contained two bags of what appeared to be marijuana.”

    Dude MUST have been SERIOUSLY baked!

  14. jgo304 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:44 PM

    How could you leave out the “Young Money Family” aka the Stiller WR Corps.

    But honestly how could a WVU Alumn drive down the wrong way in a 1 way street in MoTown. I got no problem with the weed but seriously he should know downtown morgantown he spent 4 years there.

    Here are just a few of the many highly motivated athletes whose drug of choice is cannabis/marijuana:

    * Usain Bolt, the 2008 World Record holder of the 100 and 200 meter sprint.

    * Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer ever with 14 Olympic gold medals.

    * Tim Linecum, the National League baseball’s Cy Young Award winner for 2009.

    * Santonio Holmes, the Super Bowl XLII’s MVP.

    * Mark Stepnoski, two-time Super Bowl champion. “I’d rather smoke than take painkillers.”

    * Randy Moss, NFL single season touchdown reception record (23, set in 2007), and the NFL single-season touchdown reception record for a rookie (17, in 1998). Moss has founded, and financed many charitable endeavors including the the Links for Learning foundation, formed in 2008.

    * Ricky Williams, the Heisman Trophy Winner in 1998. Throughout his life, Williams has dealt with anxiety and depression. He used to advertise the prescription drug Paxil. However he later stated “Marijuana is 10 times better for me than Paxil.”

    * Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leader in points scored (38,387), games played, minutes played, field goals made, field goal attempts, blocked shots and defensive rebounds. During his career with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers from 1969 to 1989, Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA championships and a record six regular season MVP Awards. He has a prescription to smoke marijuana in California, which he says he uses to control nausea and migraine headaches. He has been arrested twice for marijuana possession.

    * “I just let him know that most of the players in the league use marijuana and I have and do partake in smoking weed in the offseason” – Josh Howard, forward for the Dallas Mavericks. Howard admitted to smoking marijuana on Michel Irvin’s ESPN show.

    * “You got guys out there playing high every night. You got 60% of your league on marijuana. What can you do?” – Charles Oakley (Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets)

    * “I personally know boxers, body builders, cyclists, runners and athletes from all walks of life that train and compete with the assistance of marijuana,” – WWE wrestler Rob Van Dam

    * Some of the best cricket players of all time, like Phil Tufnell and Sir Ian Botham, have admitted to regularly using marijuana to deal with stress and muscle aches. In 2001, half of South Africa’s cricket team was caught smoking marijuana with the team physiotherapist. They were celebrating a championship victory in the Caribbean.

  15. geo1113 says: Feb 13, 2012 10:11 PM

    Never put your weed in the glove compartment!

  16. Mike Borio says: Feb 14, 2012 12:04 AM

    “(Always keep the weed and the registration separate!)”
    _____

    Thank you PFT (and NBC essentially) for keeping me informed on the proper procedures of stashing illegal marijuana in my vehicle during use. With your enabling, I’ll move my stash to the hidden area under my head rest at the next red light.

    A wise man learns from his mistakes;
    a wiser man learns from the mistakes of others.

  17. ctiggs says: Feb 14, 2012 12:42 AM

    bah bah but officesah its just oregano .

  18. oxycode30 says: Feb 14, 2012 9:08 AM

    Quoting Peter Tosh – “Legalize it!”

  19. kansacity88 says: Feb 14, 2012 10:17 AM

    I had a friend that tried to smoke oregano…..puked for 30 minutes afterward! :smh

  20. asublimeday says: Feb 14, 2012 11:06 AM

    I, for one, am shocked that a black professional athlete smokes weed. Whaaaaaaaaa?

  21. asublimeday says: Feb 14, 2012 11:08 AM

    If you told me this story, without telling me what team he played for, I absolutely would if guessed the bears.
    ————-
    Seriously? Wouldn’t have thought raiders or bengals?

  22. asublimeday says: Feb 14, 2012 11:10 AM

    Pot kills brain cells and the majority of Americans don’t have any they can spare. JT Thomas is no exception.
    ————
    Actually, it’s been scientifically proven that it does not kill brain cells. But keep spouting off about things you don’t know about. Any opinions on the economy?

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