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Lions’ Mikel Leshoure arraigned on marijuana charge

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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.

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51 Responses to “Lions’ Mikel Leshoure arraigned on marijuana charge”
  1. tommccrossin says: Apr 2, 2012 2:41 PM

    Meanwhile, in Michael Vick’s backyard

  2. KIR says: Apr 2, 2012 2:43 PM

    One thing I’m sure of Leshoure won’t receive the same compassion these commenter gave to Ryan Leaf last week before his 2nd arrest in a week. lol

  3. dreamofkristen says: Apr 2, 2012 2:45 PM

    A product of the environment still represents his environment.
    You can take the kid out of the hood, but for most, you cant take the hood out of the kid.

    Did Jeff Ireland interview him before the draft last year? Would love to know the questions he asked?

  4. bobbylaynesreplacement says: Apr 2, 2012 2:45 PM

    SMH … these dudes never learn do they

    lets just hope he doesn’t turn into another Charles Rogers

  5. londonlion81 says: Apr 2, 2012 2:46 PM

    Sigh.

  6. seanx40 says: Apr 2, 2012 2:47 PM

    Thinking the Lions might be drafting a running back or two. Especially since Leshoure won’t be around for the first 4 games.

  7. klunge says: Apr 2, 2012 2:48 PM

    What a bozo. Sounds to me like his true “Achilles’ heel” that will keep him off the field is being a pothead. Doesn’t much matter when he’s ready to play now, as he’ll likely get suspended anyhow.

  8. spooner97 says: Apr 2, 2012 2:49 PM

    What a minute! Pro Athletes use recreational drugs?!?! Get out of town!

  9. justwaittilnextyear says: Apr 2, 2012 2:52 PM

    I guess we will be drafting another runningback this year.Just amazing the amount of money these idiots stand to lose ’cause they can’t put away the weed until their career comes to an end. He needs to hang out with Charles Rogers for a week then get a grip!

  10. cletusvandam says: Apr 2, 2012 2:54 PM

    Ryan Leaf is disappointed it took Leshoure 3 weeks to get busted again.

  11. illiniftw says: Apr 2, 2012 2:58 PM

    Yay for my fellow Illini alumni?

  12. bodester says: Apr 2, 2012 2:58 PM

    Maybe he can have a cell next to Charles Rogers.

  13. rajbais says: Apr 2, 2012 2:59 PM

    Here’s an article and quote about Leshoure’s marijuana history.

    “Like Liuget, Leshoure came on late at Illinois. In 2008, he broke his jaw in a fight with a teammate. In 2009, he was suspended for one game after testing positive for marijuana, Leshoure said.”

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-03-15/sports/ct-spt-0316-nfl-draft-illinois–20110315_1_martez-wilson-illinois-coach-ron-zook-potential-first-rounders

  14. mlmeier says: Apr 2, 2012 3:02 PM

    Considering he was born in prison and had two parents with drug issues, it’s kind of amazing that the worst thing he’s down is smoked some herb. Unfortunately, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s illegal.

  15. ravenator says: Apr 2, 2012 3:03 PM

    Guys gonna be a bust

  16. ohenry78 says: Apr 2, 2012 3:03 PM

    You know, it’s illegal and he knows it, and he should have the willpower to stop smoking at least during his football career so that he can make the most of it.

    That being said…

    Does anyone even know why it’s illegal in modern society? Such BS.

  17. trbowman says: Apr 2, 2012 3:05 PM

    Legalize it man.

    Free Mikel LeShoure

  18. trollhammer20 says: Apr 2, 2012 3:05 PM

    I support legalization, but in the event it were to be legalized, I’d support full DUI penalties for people who burn while driving.

    Driving around while using or under the influence of any mind-altering drug – alcohol, pot, or prescription – is a really, really bad idea.

  19. gordyb7 says: Apr 2, 2012 3:07 PM

    Just legalize it already.

  20. tomcoc66 says: Apr 2, 2012 3:10 PM

    Drop him. Remember Charlie Rogers?

  21. thousandcasts says: Apr 2, 2012 3:15 PM

    Cut him. The Lions were a 10-6 playoff team without Ricky Jr. here. Kick him to the curb and draft another RB. It shouldn’t be that hard to find a two-down RB in the later rounds.

  22. shaggytoodle says: Apr 2, 2012 3:15 PM

    The Lions have no luck drafting HBs they draft one in the top two rounds for what what seems like half of the last 6 years.

    As far as legalizing whatever I don’t care either way.

    I do know that more people are raped my dolphins every year than die from smoking hooch.

  23. JackLeone says: Apr 2, 2012 3:15 PM

    What does being born in prison have to do with this article MDS?? What are trying to say???

  24. zenofobe says: Apr 2, 2012 3:19 PM

    Sic Tony Dungy on him!

  25. alexdgibson says: Apr 2, 2012 3:22 PM

    A product of the environment still represents his environment.
    You can take the kid out of the hood, but for most, you cant take the hood out of the kid.

    What? Smoking marijuana doesn’t make you “hood”. He’s not acting like Pacman out there. Yes, it is illegal but lets not make this a bigger deal than it is. Is Ricky Williams hood?

  26. 49erstim says: Apr 2, 2012 3:22 PM

    Legalize it? Lol. You guys are hilarious. Besides the fact that it is a drug which impairs its user, the government will NEVER “legalize it” because they can’t control the sale of it and therefore cannot TAX it. C’mon guys.

  27. mikesmajormojo says: Apr 2, 2012 3:24 PM

    trbowman – don’t know if you meant that to be so hilarious but LMFAO

  28. jimmylions says: Apr 2, 2012 3:27 PM

    This is a boneheaded move by this kid. I wish things were different, but they are what they are. It doesn’t matter what business you are in, when you start getting in trouble at work you have two choices – straighten up or hit the road.

    LeShoure made his choice and it wasn’t to straighten up. It’s time to do what’s best for the team and talk to the leage about cutting him loose. Maybe we can get some cap space back.

    The Charles Rogers parallels are right on – Rogers was injury plagued when he wasn’t on suspension. Neither of these Rogers or LeShoure have shown any respect for the lotto ticket they were handed with an NFL career as a first round draft choice.

    I actually don’t care that he was smoking herb. But doing it in a car shortly after getting arrested … showing no care or concern about possible consequences for your actions … that’s conceited and moronic.

    This kind of stupidity by LeShoure is disrespectful to his coaches, teammates, fans, and to himself. The Lions deserve better.

  29. shaunypoo says: Apr 2, 2012 3:34 PM

    49erstim says:
    Apr 2, 2012 3:22 PM
    Legalize it? Lol. You guys are hilarious. Besides the fact that it is a drug which impairs its user, the government will NEVER “legalize it” because they can’t control the sale of it and therefore cannot TAX it. C’mon guys.

    Yeah, cause they don’t already have the infrastructure in place, like cigarettes or alcohol. That is just crazy talk.

  30. Steeley McBeam says: Apr 2, 2012 3:35 PM

    Is nature or nurture responsible in this case?

  31. koufaxmitzvah says: Apr 2, 2012 3:40 PM

    “Does anyone even know why it’s illegal in modern society? Such BS.”

    It starts with Prohibition tinged with racism (Mexicans smoke pot and are lazy, circa 1920s). It moves onto government accepted lies propagandized to the masses (see, Reefer Madness), and continues with heads of American industry still lobbying for the continued Prohibition (Dupont, Anheuser-Busch, etc.). Then add in the necessary warriors on the War on Drugs, and voila! An entire country held at the whim of opportunistic aholes who have found a boogeyman that ain’t going away.

    Someone should tell G-d tha by growing dope in the first place, He’s doing something illegal.

  32. plum13sec says: Apr 2, 2012 3:41 PM

    jimmylions – LeShoure is a second round draft pick.

  33. dfeltz says: Apr 2, 2012 3:54 PM

    Who didn’t see this coming? Born in prison cause he has/had dead beat parents and those two were allowed to raise a child while clearly having drug abuse issues.

  34. johnnycash19 says: Apr 2, 2012 3:55 PM

    More people have died walking down the street than from smoking weed.

    I don’t think there’s a red flag for “possession of marijuana.” The real red flag is being caught twice in a months time.

    Also, what does being born in prison have anything to do with this? Its weed, its not like he murdered anyone.

  35. btwicey says: Apr 2, 2012 4:06 PM

    You are what you eat…

  36. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 2, 2012 4:09 PM

    Well the Lions can sure pickem , “Smokey” was eating Maryjane? Talent wasted up in smoke! SMH! !

  37. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 2, 2012 4:11 PM

    Did the Lions do a background check on him before giving up a2nd round pick for him?

  38. 49erstim says: Apr 2, 2012 4:24 PM

    @shaunypoo…. We’ll agree to disagree. Its easy to grow your own pot. It doesnt take a lot of room or, apparently, smarts. Ever brew your own beer? Gets expensive. Grow your own tobacco? Harder than it sounds. The only way to make the “gubment” cool with the gunja would be if they sold permits and increased penalties for “unpermitted use.

  39. edgarh21 says: Apr 2, 2012 4:25 PM

    What an idiot. I say lions just give Kevin Smith back the role (if best can’t get healthy) the guy deserves it. Getting cut the first time put things into perspective for this guy.

  40. socojava says: Apr 2, 2012 4:34 PM

    FFS it should be legalized already. YAWN.

  41. klunge says: Apr 2, 2012 4:44 PM

    My heart can’t help but bleed for all the poor oppressed stoners whose civil rights are being trampled on by The Man!

  42. woodyg says: Apr 2, 2012 5:01 PM

    The Lions now have not only the ‘dirtiest’ player in the NFL but also the ‘highest’.

    Lion fans will somehow blame this all on Millan.

  43. detroitcityryda says: Apr 2, 2012 5:06 PM

    Why not just smoke at your house and leave instead of smoking and driving and get pulled over with the smoke blowing out when you roll your window down . and driving while high is great never had problems driving on it

  44. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Apr 2, 2012 5:12 PM

    Sounds like a wonderful family…I’m sure his parents are very proud.

  45. trevor123698 says: Apr 2, 2012 5:20 PM

    It trule amazes me that people fail to realize that drugs were never illegal in the first place. The problem is that much of the world is incapable of even understanding contract law versus ‘god’s law’, and in turn using their knowledge to truly live free.

    “Deomocracy is the road to socialism” -Karl Marx

    “Socialism is a tool of the economic elite” -William Cooper

  46. mjkelly77 says: Apr 2, 2012 5:24 PM

    Leshoure is being arraigned today on a marijuana possession charge.
    _________________

    No, he’s not. He missed the arraignment.

  47. hyzers says: Apr 2, 2012 5:43 PM

    FREE MIKEL LESHOURE!

  48. dcouzens75 says: Apr 2, 2012 6:14 PM

    Before you know if Mikel will be doing interviews on ESPN with Jemele Hill talking about how he “blew ay-day” and “jumped on that pill game”.

    What a joke. Another wasted pick on a RB. Three years in a row. Might as well waste another one on LaMichael James this year.

  49. darthhitman77 says: Apr 2, 2012 6:34 PM

    pr 2, 2012 5:20 PM

    It trule amazes me that people fail to realize that drugs were never illegal in the first place. The problem is that much of the world is incapable of even understanding contract law versus ‘god’s law’, and in turn using their knowledge to truly live free.

    “Deomocracy is the road to socialism” -Karl Marx

    “Socialism is a tool of the economic elite” -William Cooper

    Behold A Pale Horse…AWESOME BOOK

  50. nygmen78 says: Apr 3, 2012 1:10 AM

    Born in jail, will be their soon—-……..

  51. shaunypoo says: Apr 3, 2012 9:09 AM

    49erstim-

    I think the infrastructure for subsidized government growing and testing are already in place. Minority public sentiment (unfortunately mostly in government positions) and the inability to test it as you would alcohol are what is holding it back. They could package it and sell it (including tax) for less than you can buy it now. Have different grades, brands, even sizes. Treat it like alcohol – no driving, working, babysitting, etc. Hell, they would probably blend it with tobacco and cause everyone to actually get addicted to nicotine as well.

    I am tired of people getting in trouble for this, and I haven’t done it in a decade.

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