Nick Fairley arrested for marijuana possession

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It’s been a bad week for the Lions.

A day after 2011 second-round draft pick Mikel Leshoure made the wrong kind of headlines for, among other things, allegedly treating “wacky tobacky” like chewing tobacco, 2011 first-round pick Nick Fairley has been arrested for marijuana possession.

According to the Mobile Press-Register, Fairley has been charged with second-degree possession, a misdemeanor.

Police had received complaints about a car speeding through the Morningside Manor neighborhood.  As it turned out, Fairley was driving the vehicle.  Marijuana was then found in Fairley’s possession.

A Mobile native, Fairley played college football at Auburn before sliding to the middle of round one last April.  A preseason foot injury limited him to 10 regular-season appearances, with no starts, in 2011.

135 responses to “Nick Fairley arrested for marijuana possession

  1. How did this idiot consent to a search when he was just speeding?

    As Joe Strummer once sang “Know your rights!”

  2. Now we know why Wonderlic scores are so low. Either they’re stoned when taking it or all these guys are too dumb to realize they’ll lose millions to smoke a little weed. Doesn’t matter if it should be legal or not. Right now it’s NOT.

  3. Its real simple. DONT SMOKE POT IN YOUR CAR. Keep your stash at home and burn one before you leave. I quit 5 years ago and i still remember that easy rule.

  4. Weed isn’t a big deal.

    However, it is when you’re an NFL player. You’re a role model – don’t drive with it in your possession, stay clean, do it in your buddies basement, in your basement, don’t speed… Is this a hard concept to grasp?

    On a different note (and one that would be interesting) – Thumbs “Up” for the legalization of Marijuana. Thumbs “Down” if you don’t like fun (a.k.a making the usage of Marijuana illegal).

  5. “Detroit the new Miami.” Bring Don Johnson back, park his boat on Lake Erie, and film “Detroit Vice.” Did wonders for revitalizing Miami.

  6. Terrible pick and I’m now starting to question Mayhew’s ability to draft legit talent. He is good at signing free agents but his drafts have been VERY questionable!!!

  7. Now we know some of the players that Hurd was supplying! He had to leave Dallas to get closer to Detroit’s players. Chicago was as close as he could get w/o being too obvious.

  8. Looks like Detroit’s off-season conditioning program is off to a slow start.

  9. Now I know why only firemen attand football games.

    If the cops attended a game they would be too busy arresting the players!!!

    Sheeshs……this league is full of players with a rap sheet!

  10. Do you just keep the headline “__________ arrested for marijuana possession” open and ready to paste in the name? Would probably save a lot of time by the end of the year.

  11. See the comments … the perception legally of weed in our criminal justice system is a seperate discussion ….

    issue is when your paid millions with a great dream job in a dead economy and you choose to have to get high like an 8th grader for fun …. your an idiot.

  12. hines86for6 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:53 PM

    How did this idiot consent to a search when he was just speeding?

    As Joe Strummer once sang “Know your rights!”
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    He was driving on a suspended license. Which means he was committing a misdemeanor which a lot of times is enough to arrest you if they want, and generally enough “probable cause” to search a car.

    Problem is even if it was just speeding. There are enough laws that don’t get enforced that they can fall back on if you don’t submit when asked. Also the way the legal system works in regards to traffic stops, turning down an inspection is enough “erratic or nervous behavior” to again warrant a search based on probable cause.

    Basically a car is not your domain and sadly its better to tell a cop where everything even slightly questionable is the second they ask to search it.

  13. He was smoking marajuana? As in, “reefer”?

    This young man is lucky to still be alive.

  14. @bedmanokc … that was one of the simplest, refreshing and albeit smartest comments iv seen on here. saying what iv been thinking everytime i hear of these arrests

  15. He was driving while rich and black. Automatic vehicle search. When the cops find pot in this situation it is like when you are playing Super Mario and you go out of your way to hit one of those ? boxes because you know there could be some good stuff but it ends up being just one coin and you’re like ugh figures but at least it was something even though it was the bare minimum. Super Mario coins That is what it’s like for the police and rich black people trust me I was on the force for 45 years.

  16. Just like everyone else does about being held accountable, I blame the PFT Blotter site……If we weren’t counting the days between arrests then……..

  17. All the stoners in the NFL should just sign with Cali teams. It’s basically legal here (as it should be). It was pretty friggin awsome the first time a cop HAD TO give me back my weed and pipe! He was pissed, talking about “You’re abusing the law that was meant for sick people” I asked him why he wasn’t in the hospital checking on his patients and he said “I’m not a doctor” and I said “Exactly! Thanks for giving me my weed back officer!” Last year at the Charger/Packer game in SD, Packer fans were trippin as a cop rolled right past me and looked at me as I was puffing on a blunt in the parking lot. Gotta love Cali!

  18. Third Lion to get busted with pot this offseason…Johnny Culbreath being the first. These are just the guys that got caught. Don’t they drug test in the NFL? Need a new test.

  19. For the people saying “know your rights” I have cops in my family. If you say no to a search they then have “reasonable doubt” that you have something in your car. They are then allowed to search.

    Ive heard it straight from the horses mouth, if they want to search your car they will.

  20. ammarradhi says:

    Apr 3, 2012 4:56 PM

    Well what else is there to do in Detroit?

    He was in Mobile, Alabama. Did you light up before you read the article, or did you just read the headline?

  21. When will these kids learn.

    Whether they like it or not its the present law. Until it’s changed, obey it or take the consequences.

  22. I’m starting to think that Leshoure and Fairley have hired Charles Rogers as their life coach.

    C Rogers v2.0, v3.0

    This is embarrassing. I’d rather go 0-16 again.

  23. Lions just said in a statement that they hold they players to a “high standard”. LOL

  24. Since many of us are OK with weed, let’s take it out of the equation. What was he doing driving without a license (like so many other NFL players)?

    He hurts or kills someone while speeding and no one will, or can, help the victim or him, certainly not the insurance company. And whatever money he had will be gone.

    Man, many NFL players are just plain stupid human beings. On last year’s draft day, I joked that Fairly looked stupid with that bow tie. Now I know he’s genuinely stupid.

  25. you’ve gotta be kidding … if the league doesn’t suspend these guys the team should ! … Lions fans finally have something to get excited about after last year, and then guys like Culbreath , Leshoure and Fairly pull this sh!!t. Thanks.

  26. New Lions logo, is Lion with a joint in its mouth, cheech and chong are the new GM’S there

  27. butkus54 says:Apr 3, 2012 6:11 PM

    you’ve gotta be kidding … if the league doesn’t suspend these guys the team should ! … Lions fans finally have something to get excited about after last year, and then guys like Culbreath , Leshoure and Fairly pull this sh!!t. Thanks.
    ____________________

    So, a Bears slappie wants the Lions to suspend these guys? Quit begging. They’ll all be around to kick the collective a$$ of the Bears this upcoming season.

  28. Still illegal and speeding around with it? No license? How dumb are you? Really?

    If it was finally legalized, it may slow the game down a little, probably lesson the injuries, and surely do away with fighting in the stands.

    “Yes can I get a small joint, 6 hot dogs, 1 pizza, and a large Coke with no ice?”

    “Wow, that was less than 2 beers.”

    NFL 2013′ coming to city near you.

  29. As of right now, weed is not legal so debating whether it should be is pointless. The law isn’t suddenly going to change because some football players got busted with it.

  30. It truly 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

  31. Time to fire “the shwartz” and hire cocaine Wayne back! Bet he can get some good deals on weed for the lions!

  32. Fairley got caught with some grass. Big effen deal. The real question about Fairley should be whether or not he is another Tony Mandarich type of mistake. I think the Lions made a huge mistake drafting this clown. He is one of those over-hyped, once every ten years, Flops. Now he will get suspended and have another sub-par showing for the rest of his season. Then what? Wait on him for another season while paying him millions of dollars for not producing? The Lions need to cut their losses and mve on from that slacker.

  33. Know your rights? Refuse to a search and they simply bring out a dog to sniff around your car. When the dog hits, PC to search. You people have been watching too much TV.

  34. puff puff pass Fairley, i dont get these highly paid athletes, u get paid millions, but u dont have a drivers license or insurance or sometimes the right tags on yr car, or dumbest part is u drive around getting high in a nice car…..epid turd!!!

  35. “Son, I’m going to pay you millions to play football, but you can’t get high.”…..”Sorry, Mr. Ford, that’s a bridge too far!”

  36. This article is not about whether or not pot should be legal so all of you advocates for reform should seek a soapbox somewhere else. Dovetailed with the Mikel Leshoure story, it has to be disheartening, for football fans everywhere and Lion fans in particular, to see young men with an opportunity to participate in a immensely lucrative profession, play the game of their dreams and contribute to their team’s pursuit of post season glory, and, rather than show commitment to team ideals, choose to pursue selfish, foolish activities. Putting the choice to commit low level crimes aside, how can they justify being too immature to take care of their driver’s licenses, too lazy to pay their tickets, too stupid to stay off the road with dope in the car and too unconcerned with league imposed sanctions as a result of the above?

  37. I wonder if you can take out a Lloyds of London policy for damages caused by excessive stupidity.

  38. hines86for6 says:Apr 3, 2012 4:53 PM

    How did this idiot consent to a search when he was just speeding?

    As Joe Strummer once sang “Know your rights!”
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    Bro, when you are doing 3 times the speed limit in a residential neighborhood that is all the consent they need!!

  39. jtk1985 says: Apr 3, 2012 5:35 PM

    “For the people saying “know your rights” I have cops in my family. If you say no to a search they then have “reasonable doubt” that you have something in your car. They are then allowed to search.”

    “Ive heard it straight from the horses mouth, if they want to search your car they will.”

    I’m not an attorney but I play one on TV. “Reasonable doubt” is a standard applied in a civil trial, “beyond the shadow of a doubt” is applied in criminal trials, perhaps you’re thinking of probable cause, which is a standard applied to search and seizure of property, evidence or personal effects. Refusal of a request for a search doesn’t establish probable cause and practically any attorney listed in the phone book would get the “evidence” thrown out if you refused the search and it was conducted without a search warrant. That being said the chicken$hit misdemeanor traffic infraction of driving while suspended will usually lead to an arrest and since the vehicle is now “unattended” courts will generally err on the side of caution and public safety and allow a search of the vehicle. You are correct about one thing though…. most cops don’t care about probable cause.

  40. topweasel says:Apr 3, 2012 5:10 PM

    hines86for6 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:53 PM

    How did this idiot consent to a search when he was just speeding?

    As Joe Strummer once sang “Know your rights!”
    ____________________________________

    He was driving on a suspended license. Which means he was committing a misdemeanor which a lot of times is enough to arrest you if they want, and generally enough “probable cause” to search a car.

    Problem is even if it was just speeding. There are enough laws that don’t get enforced that they can fall back on if you don’t submit when asked. Also the way the legal system works in regards to traffic stops, turning down an inspection is enough “erratic or nervous behavior” to again warrant a search based on probable cause.

    Basically a car is not your domain and sadly its better to tell a cop where everything even slightly questionable is the second they ask to search it.
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    driving on a suspended license is NOT a misdemeanor in every state. a first offense in NJ is considered a traffic violation and nothing more. My license was suspended because I forgot to pay a toll violation ticket I received. I didn’t realize that it was suspended(im sure I ignored the notices) and I was involved in a car accident(not my fault) and they didn’t even tow my car. The cop asked if I knew someone who could come get it. I said yes. He gave me a ticket for driving on a suspended license(for which a court appearance was required) and I paid the fine. I will say this though, In NJ if you get caught driving on a suspended license a 2nd time, there is automatic jail time

  41. “I’dalmost feel sorry for Lions fans if they weren’t, you know, Lions fans.”

    As a Lions fan, that sir was funny! Thanks for the laugh. LOL!!!

    No wonder they’re considering changing the start time for the late games to 4:20

  42. Preface: I hate the Lions, Detroit is a blight upon Earth that should be nuked from orbit (its the only way to be sure) and I do not smoke pot. It might seem like only potheads would know/learn/care about such things, but this is inaccurate. You are not obligated to believe me, but 20 minutes of Googling will confirm all of the following:

    In the US, THC is considered by the DEA to be a “schedule I” drug, which means that substances which deliver THC, (such as marijuana) are defined as having a “high potential for abuse, no medical value, and being unsafe, even under medical supervision”.

    Meanwhile, the DEA considers opiates (such as cocaine and hydromorphine) and OxyContin are “schedule II” drugs. Still prone to abuse, but with acceptable medical benefits, and so can be prescribed by doctors to treat certain conditions.

    All of these drugs are much more damaging and physically addictive that Cannabis, but they can be synthesized, and so their availability controlled. Such artificial controls could not be ensured for a non-synthetic, resilient plant such as marijuana.

    I realize this is a sports-centric message board, not a pulpit for drug advocacy, but America’s “war on drugs” has far exceeded the limits of credibility, and private, adult citizens such as Nick Fairley have been unfairly punished for far too long.

  43. Lotta high-character guys in that Lions locker room. They’re really starting to take on the personality of their HC. Soon the whole team will be filled with whiny, oversensitive guys who don’t take responsibility for their actions. Good luck Lions fans!

  44. Refusal of a search does NOT establish probable cause or any legal justification for a search. I don’t care if there are cops in your family, my uncle is a county prosecutor (lawyer who works with cops) and has told me many times he can’t believe how unintelligent so many cops are. The fact that a cop said it does not make it true, in fact u should really question it. Know your rights, people have died to defend them.

  45. jaggedmark says: Apr 3, 2012 4:56 PM

    Maybe the Lions’ new Nike uniforms should sport a cannabis leaf on the helmet.

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    BAHAHahahaha!!!

    CLASSIC!

  46. Move to Cali. weed only gets you a $100 dollar fine even if you don’t have your card. Big Ben can drunk rape but we can’t smoke a little weed? something ain’t right in this country.

  47. If only he had the wherewithal to remember What Jay-Z had taught us in 99 problems. If you’ve been pulled over for speeding they don’t have the right to search your car without probable cause.

  48. If you check the police blotter, 4 of the last 8 arrest were from marijuana possession. I guess Sam Hurd is back in business

  49. We can make fun of the Lions all night but let’s be serious. Every NFL team is chocked full of cheeb smokers

  50. hrmlss says:

    “Detroit the new Miami.” Bring Don Johnson back, park his boat on Lake Erie, and film “Detroit Vice.” Did wonders for revitalizing Miami.

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    ummm, smoke another one dude. you’re thinking of the Detroit River.

  51. wow..if weed makes him speed.then what makes him slow down?maybe he should ask his coach for a line!i heard he’s got the good stuff.just look at his eyes.

  52. Dynasty says:Apr 3, 2012 5:49 PM

    Lions first 4 weeks will be tough. Suspensions for both players is going to hurt!
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    How do you figure? LeShoure never took the field last year, Fairley only in 10 games. They won all 6 games that both didn’t play.

  53. Hey NFL you want to stop this. Here is how you do it. This is how the league should be cleaned up.

    You perform a crime, pop hot on a piss test, NO Suspensions or Fines.

    Life time ban. Fire their ass. They are “professionals” adults stop coddling them they screw up they lose their right to make Millions playing a game.

  54. Marijuana possession is LEGAL in Michigan for medicinal purposes. Fairley may very well have a medical card but since he was in Alabama and it is illegal there, he was arrested. Very stupid of Fairley to put himself in this position but it may all just be a misunderstanding. I think the driving on a suspended license should be a bigger deal than the pot in his car.

  55. Anyone who thinks the police need consent to search his car or you car or anyone’s car are delirious. All they need is probable cause and the fact that it reeked of weed and there was weed residue in the console is all they need.

    Our individual rights are slowly slipping away and the perception that law enforcement can’t do whatever they want is an antiquated notion.

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