Lions running back Mikel Leshoure wasn’t able to get on the field as a rookie, but he has found trouble off the field.
Leshoure is being arraigned today on a marijuana possession charge.
Although it was not reported at the time, MLive.com reports that Leshoure was stopped last month and charged with marijuana possession. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Leshoure has actually faced marijuana charges twice in the last two months. On February 18, Leshoure was cited in a traffic stop for possession of marijuana, and he has already pleaded to a lesser charge of using marijuana and paid a fine. On March 12, he was a passenger in a car that was pulled over and, according to a police officer who spoke with Birkett, was seen by police trying to eat marijuana to avoid being charged.
The Lions released a statement saying they are aware of the reports and are gathering more information.
Leshoure was born in prison while his mother was serving a sentence for a drug conviction, and his father also spent time in prison for selling drugs.
A second-round draft pick of the Lions last year, Leshoure suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon at the start of training camp and missed the entire season.