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Colts linebacker Jonathan Newsome arrested for marijuana possession

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 18:  Jonathan Newsome #91 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on late in the game against the New England Patriots during the 2015 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Getty Images

We’re once again in the time of the year when the days without an arrest meter gets tripped more often.

According to FOX 59 in Indianapolis, Colts linebacker Jonathan Newsome was arrested for possession of marijuana.

Zionsville police were responding to a noise complaint early this morning, and while there, they found marijuana on the premises.

He has some background in this area, as he was arrested for possession of marijuana while at Ball State.

The 2014 fifth-rounder was reportedly cooperative with police, and the charges themselves aren’t that major. But it will land him in the league’s substance abuse program, and subject him to further testing.

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55 Responses to “Colts linebacker Jonathan Newsome arrested for marijuana possession”
  1. RavenzGunnerz says: Feb 17, 2016 2:56 PM

    why are we arresting people for possessing what grows out of our land?

  2. pastabelly says: Feb 17, 2016 3:06 PM

    RavenzGunnerz says:
    Feb 17, 2016 2:56 PM
    why are we arresting people for possessing what grows out of our land?
    =======================================
    Agree 100%. I think we would all have a problem with anyone operating a vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol or weed. This wasn’t even close. The league needs to revisit this policy.

  3. Patskrieg says: Feb 17, 2016 3:08 PM

    The article says the police were responding to a noise complaint when they heard loud music at 2 AM. So they rectified a noise complaint by entering the house and searching for drugs? Asking them to turn the music down wasn’t an option?

    Dumb. Pointless, and a waste of time and resources. I hope he beats the charges just to make it official.

    I mean… Typical Colt.

  4. pftbro says: Feb 17, 2016 3:08 PM

    Because it’s illegal…

  5. 13arod says: Feb 17, 2016 3:10 PM

    Because it does bad stuff to ur body

  6. dohczeppelin says: Feb 17, 2016 3:13 PM

    The frequency with which NFL players get caught for something as stupid as marijuana possession never ceases to amuse me.

    You’re a pro football player. You would think they could talk a cop out of citing them for having a little bit of weed on them. Even for regular people, most cops just throw it away and tell them to beat it unless you’re being a jerk to them. How these guys get so many tickets for something that’s largely been decriminalized is beyond me.

  7. ebdug says: Feb 17, 2016 3:14 PM

    Time once again for the league to step in and find a less talented player to fill the position. Kinda scraping the bottom of the barrel now.

    I’m glad I got the chance to see some great athletes play the game before Goodell came along. I feel sorry for the younger fans.

  8. rajbais says: Feb 17, 2016 3:18 PM

    Frankly, I Think that they should keep him. He was hurt for a lot of the year and when he showed promise is a rookie, There’s still hope that he could still help Indianapolis.

  9. dasmol says: Feb 17, 2016 3:25 PM

    Safer than repeated blows to the head.

  10. securb2013 says: Feb 17, 2016 3:27 PM

    13arod says:
    Feb 17, 2016 3:10 PM
    Because it does bad stuff to ur body
    _________________________

    Yep, all of that pizza people eat after smoking is bad for their cholesterol. Outside of that I see no problems.

  11. carlmingus says: Feb 17, 2016 3:28 PM

    This is merely a test.

  12. tonyzendejas says: Feb 17, 2016 3:28 PM

    Society can sleep a little sounder tonight knowing that this monster was taken into police custody for possessing a plant.

  13. thejetssuck2001 says: Feb 17, 2016 3:29 PM

    13arod says:
    Feb 17, 2016 3:10 PM
    Because it does bad stuff to ur body
    ==============================

    i could get into the cases of many people (children even) that are treated with medicinal marijuana with no thc for seizures, chronic pain relief, and so many other things, and experience amazing positive results. however, you probably wouldn’t listen to reason. the only really bad thing it COULD do but likely wont, is cause you to have breathing or heart problems, maybe even lung cancer. HOWEVER, until they make smog illegal how can they worry about a little smoke in your lungs from a waterpipe? its the most ridiculous waste of law enforcement’s time possible. i would to see law enforcement spending more $ trying to get heroin dealers and less $ on enforcing pot legislation. players using marijuana is the least of the NFL problems right now.

  14. thejetssuck2001 says: Feb 17, 2016 3:32 PM

    dasmol says:
    Feb 17, 2016 3:25 PM
    Safer than repeated blows to the head.

    ===================================

    not if you ask the smarmy high ranking members of the

    National
    Fraud
    League

  15. 2since96 says: Feb 17, 2016 3:34 PM

    13arod says:
    Feb 17, 2016 3:10 PM
    Because it does bad stuff to ur body
    _____________________________

    I’m sure the booze, cigs, and mcdonalds doesnt do anything bad to your body, LOL. Or that coke you just drank…or the 20 prescriptions your doctors give you…or breathing in exhaust fumes…etc., etc., etc.,…if everything that did bad stuff to our body was illegal, there would be a lot of products off the shelf…

    On another note, why tf did this dude let the cops in his house? obviously he’s not privy to his rights, and hopefully he hires a good attorney, who will have the charges dropped ASAP. Unlawful search and seizure.

  16. charger383 says: Feb 17, 2016 3:42 PM

    a lot of laws need to be eliminated

  17. gacoltfan says: Feb 17, 2016 3:48 PM

    The merits of the law can be debated, but if your job requires you to not smoke marijuana, maybe you should try not to do it for a few years.

  18. revren10 says: Feb 17, 2016 3:48 PM

    He’s just following in his owners foot steps

  19. contender21open says: Feb 17, 2016 3:51 PM

    Arrested for possession of marijuana…

    Ridiculous law! I don’t smoke it, but I don’t condone busting people for such a thing and handing out criminal records for it. Alcohol is MUCH worse and it’s legal.

    Wake up America!

  20. drunkraider says: Feb 17, 2016 4:02 PM

    Did you know Soda is worse for you than marijuana.

  21. bondlake says: Feb 17, 2016 4:12 PM

    RavenzGunnerz says:

    Feb 17, 2016 2:56 PM
    why are we arresting people for possessing what grows out of our land?
    ———————————————————————
    This is NOT the issue. The issue is, at least for now, MJ is illegal most everywhere. And, it’s a federal offense as well as a state offense. If you are so STUPID to not understand this, especially when you’re one of the exceedingly fortunate persons to have the talent to make the roster of an NFL team, then you deserve to be punished.

    What’s wrong with these idiots?

  22. braceyourselffor12 says: Feb 17, 2016 4:21 PM

    I can go right now and buy a carton of cigarettes and a fifth of whiskey and that will more damage than smoking an pound of weed.

    On everyone of those prescription drug commercials side effects always include DEATH and gas with oily discharge.

    Weed does none of those things. Not a stoner just pointing out the great hypocrisy our national law enforcement upholds with regard to “controlled substances”.

  23. routerunner says: Feb 17, 2016 4:26 PM

    You might think the law is dumb but I mean if you had the opportunity to make millions from your job but one of the rules was that you could never wear a red shirt, would you wear a red shirt no matter how dumb you thought that rule was? I know I wouldn’t.

  24. 6thsense10 says: Feb 17, 2016 4:29 PM

    No bondlake…the issue is we have been fed a bunch of lies to demonize Marijuana for years and along the way ruined untold numbers of lives for a plant that is less dangerous than alcohol, cigarettes, and a host of other legal drugs.

    When you ask what is wrong with these idiots that question probably should be asked of all those that oppose weed legalization.

    Also by some estimates about 50% of NFL players use weed and huge number use it for pain management rather than the highly adictive oxy meds. I wouldn’t touch oxys ever. To me it’s in the same class as heroine and crack. The previous times after surgery a doctor has given me an Oxy script I always turn to weed.

  25. musicfootballprogramming says: Feb 17, 2016 4:39 PM

    I was so brainwashed by the war on drugs in the 80’s that it wasn’t until very recently that I came around to the whole, “It’s a PLANT!” line of reasoning. My generations is just starting to get over this mindset that was the overreaction to the 60’s and 70’s.

    Just like alcohol (can) occur naturally, I wouldn’t want someone driving under its influence. Drugs that need to be extracted and processed with Mr. White, sure, arrest them, but a f’ing plant? Is catnip illegal anywhere? My cat is a hell of a lot more dangerous on catnip than my friend is after smoking weed.

  26. edelmanfanclub says: Feb 17, 2016 4:43 PM

    Marijuana is illegal because its a gateway drug is the dumbest rationale of all time. I am actually appalled that people think that.

  27. keeppounding says: Feb 17, 2016 4:44 PM

    Stop
    Arresting
    People
    For
    Marijuana…

  28. charliecharger says: Feb 17, 2016 4:52 PM

    Sometimes I see where a woman was arrested in another country because she was out in public without covering her face. I think, wow, those other countries have weird laws. Glad we don’t.

  29. tomsetter123 says: Feb 17, 2016 4:56 PM

    3arod says:
    Feb 17, 2016 3:10 PM
    Because it does bad stuff to ur body

    ——————-

    Soft Drinks are far worse.

  30. dtroxallday says: Feb 17, 2016 5:07 PM

    The pharmaceutical and cotton industries would take a huge hit if marijuana/ hemp were legal.

  31. bullcharger says: Feb 17, 2016 5:24 PM

    Why on earth would police enter a private residence because they smell weed. That’s terrible. I get that it’s still illegal in many places, and if someone was dealing in public or using in public or driving, but conducting a search of a home?

    Seems ridiculous to me. I thought we were past that.

  32. jgedgar70 says: Feb 17, 2016 5:25 PM

    Time to go back to the old Jim Rome quote:

    “What is it with athletes and their tree? Steroids – bigger, faster, stronger, recover faster – I get that. But how does ingesting something that makes you melt into the couch and crush Twinkies give you a competitive edge?”

    Should it be illegal? Of course not. I don’t think ANY drugs should be illegal. We should have complete freedom in this country, and that includes the freedom to completely destroy yourself, if that’s what you choose to do, with any substance, not just alcohol, tobacco and horrible diet. You want to destroy yourself with cocaine or heroin? Your choice. Just stay away from every form of machinery, especially automobiles.

    But until the rest of the country reaches that sensible conclusion, don’t be dumb enough to let yourself get caught with it.

  33. joerymi says: Feb 17, 2016 5:29 PM

    Sometimes I see where a woman was arrested in another country because she was out in public without covering her face. I think, wow, those other countries have weird laws. Glad we don’t.
    ———————————————————-

    Obviously it is a stupid law. But in fairness, I believe the only country that has a legalized system for marijuana is Holland. But the US probably does enforce it much more than most.

    But, this thing is ending as we speak. Multiple states will adopt similar laws to CO and OR within the next decade. Depending on upcoming administration, I anticipate its classification to be changed in the face of science in the next decade.

  34. bobleblah says: Feb 17, 2016 5:31 PM

    Marijuana busts shouldn’t even count when it comes to the PFT Counter.

  35. djaehne says: Feb 17, 2016 5:31 PM

    Just another meathead.

  36. bullcharger says: Feb 17, 2016 5:31 PM

    routerunner says:
    Feb 17, 2016 4:26 PM

    You might think the law is dumb but I mean if you had the opportunity to make millions from your job but one of the rules was that you could never wear a red shirt, would you wear a red shirt no matter how dumb you thought that rule was? I know I wouldn’t.

    —————-

    I agree with that, but the league is going to need to shift their rules as it becomes legal in more states or federally. Once it is legal it should be the same as alcohol in terms of how it is managed within the substance abuse protocol.

  37. reprob8 says: Feb 17, 2016 5:34 PM

    Spend your off season herbal self medicating time in Colorado or Washington State…or with Mr. Irsay, since he apparently has an “agreement” with law enforcement

  38. bullcharger says: Feb 17, 2016 5:37 PM

    drunkraider says:
    Feb 17, 2016 4:02 PM

    Did you know Soda is worse for you than marijuana.

    —————-

    Inhaling something in your lungs and changing your mental state isn’t more healthy then not doing it at all. I don’t think you can make a case that it is better for you then eating vegetables or something. Comparing it to other legal unhealthy things isn’t really the point to me. I think it’s better just to say that it isn’t a major health risk and many people like it and it should be legalized.

  39. tommysaint1 says: Feb 17, 2016 5:43 PM

    It’s 2016 and we have people dying from oxycontin and we are still arresting people for a plant that treats many symptoms.

    If someone isn’t profiting from it, it must be illegal.

    Go ahead doctors, keep over prescribing and making America sick addicts.

  40. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 17, 2016 5:58 PM

    This is driven by our wonderful for profit prison system.

    The majority of people in this country want it at the very least decriminalized and many want it fully legalized, which is coming as there’s too much money in it not too.

    In the meantime, the companies the run the prisons bribe I mean make huge campaign contributions to keep their money machine rolling.

  41. steelbreeze676 says: Feb 17, 2016 6:07 PM

    Idiotic that this is an issue. If the NFL owners are going to keep this sort of thinking around because they’re all 100 and think it’s 1984 then the players should make them pay dearly for it with enough legal claims and contract renegotiations to make their head spin.

  42. cinzano08 says: Feb 17, 2016 6:27 PM

    4 games right roger?, same as psi in a ball

  43. patriot420blog says: Feb 17, 2016 7:08 PM

    FREE Newsome!!!!!!

  44. gotdebttoo says: Feb 17, 2016 7:10 PM

    Its’ the offseason, time to burn it
    Zionsville is an upper class enclave, prob not happy about that big guy playing loud music.

    But seriously, it was a noise complaint. No right to search the place unless its in plain sight and if it was, you’re the fool man.

  45. shlort says: Feb 17, 2016 7:16 PM

    hose dudes should be able to smoke pot in the offseason. Not during the season though. No need to burn your lungs out during the season.

  46. cowboysdude says: Feb 17, 2016 7:32 PM

    OMG… WOW.. stop the world… the kid had stuff that grows in the Earth…

    He didn’t beat his GF or Wife, or rape or kill someone… but POT… oh he should be in prison for years and years…

    This isn’t even a story… leave the damn kid alone. I would rather have him sitting home smoking pot then out drinking and driving…

    Tired of making pot a federal offense… it’s stupid.

  47. boogerhut says: Feb 17, 2016 8:02 PM

    Oh man, I KNEW he was on PEDs.

  48. smalltownqb says: Feb 17, 2016 8:42 PM

    I now consider the long standing PFT arrest counter busted. The only way to fix it would be to break out marijuana arrests into their own category.

  49. ohand16 says: Feb 17, 2016 9:18 PM

    I love it. Florio- the counter will never reach 100. EVER

  50. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 17, 2016 10:58 PM

    ban him from footbal lfor life. cant have that in this leauge

  51. suggahbuggah says: Feb 17, 2016 11:56 PM

    They should get every member of the NFLPA together at Mile High Stadium…get a bunch of weed and pass it around (no bogarting) this way every member of the NFL will have weed in their systems..they test about 50 people a week i am told…so every month the NFL will lose 200 players…thats more than half the league if they stick to their guns, which they won’t because Goodell is a little pi$$ ant

  52. sariff420 says: Feb 18, 2016 12:11 AM

    Indiana is the worst

  53. vikingdoode says: Feb 18, 2016 12:28 AM

    this shouldn’t be a level 1 drug. dumb dumb dumb I dont care about players using weed. should be legal.

  54. njraiderfan19 says: Feb 18, 2016 7:19 AM

    I’m picturing a whole ‘Cheech & Chong’ scene here…..smoke rolling out of the door when he opened it, denial that he was smoking,,,,LOL

    Someone mentioned that he must not have been aware of his rights? Maybe you can’t think too quickly when you’re burning one up!

  55. rootpain says: Feb 18, 2016 9:23 AM

    6thsense10 says:
    Feb 17, 2016 4:29 PM
    No bondlake…the issue is we have been fed a bunch of lies to demonize Marijuana for years and along the way ruined untold numbers of lives for a plant that is less dangerous than alcohol, cigarettes, and a host of other legal drugs.
    …………….
    Also by some estimates about 50% of NFL players use weed and huge number use it for pain management rather than the highly adictive oxy meds. I wouldn’t touch oxys ever. To me it’s in the same class as heroine and crack. The previous times after surgery a doctor has given me an Oxy script I always turn to weed.
    =========================
    6thsense,
    I’m hoping you are not a lawyer, doctor or social psychologist. That would be scary and dangerous.
    You state that MJ is not as dangerous as alcohol, cigarettes and other legal drugs. Well that being your opinion notwithstanding, you still recognize that it’s dangerous. And it’s illegal. And it’s still illegal because the studies are on going as to how dangerous it is, under what circumstances, at what frequencies of use, what particular plant varieties etc.
    It’s always nice to make comments on blogs like this. You never have to actually support your statements with any facts. For example, MJ first use studies actually show that the majority of professional players that currently use MJ started using in early high-school, long before they had injuries to speak of. And the vast majority of users that started using while playing high-school sports are still using today in spite of the fact that their current circumstances have nothing to do with pain management and neither are they still involved in sports, the NFL or otherwise. Go a little further in your research and you’ll find (easy to search for peer reviewed articles on Google Scholar) that there is a direct and significant correlation between high-school first use of MJ and violent criminal behavior.
    You are not the only one to substitute MJ for the doctor prescribed oxy meds. Hopefully that decision is based on the 12+ years of Medicine a doctor has completed that you must also have on your resume. On the other hand, studies at that same source show that a large number of pain med patients eligible for Medical MJ choose the oxy alternative to sell on the market and use the proceeds to purchase months of recreational MJ.
    You were pretty critical of bond lake’s comments 6thsense but I think the best thing that can be said to Newsome is Stupid is as stupid does. And in his case stupid is creating a disturbance that allows police intervention while involved with an illegal activity. Just another case of Millennial Affluenza & Arrogance Syndrome. Say what you want about MJ, but your perceived right to use it doesn’t allow you to trample on your neighbors rights to peace and quiet. So quit doing stupid things and maybe there’s no reason for the police to drop by at 2:00 am.

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