Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley had misdemeanor marijuana charges dropped Tuesday, stemming from an April arrest in Alabama.
According to Justin Rogers of MLive.com, prosecutors dismissed the marijuana charges, Fairley’s first of the offseason. DUI and reckless driving charges from a separate incident led to a six-month suspended sentence, a year of probation and a fine, though his attorney entered him in a pre-trial diversion program which could reduce the sentence.
During the marijuana arrest, police found marijuana cigarettes in Fairley’s car when he was stopped for speeding through a subdivision. A friend claimed responsibility for the drugs, making it a rare win for the “it’s not my weed” defense.
While Fairley could still be punished by the league, his first-time offender status will help him.