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Jaelen Strong freely admitted having marijuana

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Like all persons facing criminal charges, Texans receiver Jaelen Strong is presumed innocent. For Strong, the presumption disappeared quickly.

In the video of Strong’s arrest, the police officer explains the situation bluntly but respectfully — and Strong quickly admits to having marijuana in his possession.

One of two ways,” the officer says, via the video obtained by TMZ. “We can play easy [or] play hard. You can give up your marijuana, whoever has it.”

Packers cornerback Damarious Randall denies having marijuana, but then Strong asks for clarification about how things will proceed.

“One of two ways,” the officer reiterates. “We have a canine dog here. We don’t want it to go that route. If you guys give up what you have, and your cooperation will go a long way, we can go that route as well. It smells like it, I know you guys can smell it. We all smell it. So instead of playing games and lying about everything, let’s just own up to it.”

Strong then admits that he has the marijuana, with a fairly unique strategy for trying to downplay the situation.

“It’s not like, it’s already like prepared to like smoke,” Strong says. “They’re joints already rolled, it’s not like weed that’s out.”

Strong then gets out of the car and produces the joints from his pocket.

Whenever the case is resolved, Strong likely will be suspended for one game, the going rate in the NFL for marijuana possession charges. At his 2016 base salary of $570,000, that’s a $33,529.41 joint.

Strong also will undoubtedly be placed in Stage One of the substance-abuse program (if he wasn’t already in the program), which could set him up for additional punishment if there are additional violations. Randall’s presence with Strong in a vehicle that strongly smelled of marijuana could result in Randall also being placed in Stage One, since behavior can result in scrutiny even without a positive test.

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63 Responses to “Jaelen Strong freely admitted having marijuana”
  1. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 5, 2016 11:02 AM

    Some cops let you go if u go the “easy way” some just do it to make your arrest quicker. It should be decriminalized by now. Weed in joints is the same as weed in a baggy in terms of possession dude.

  2. realtruthteller100 says: Mar 5, 2016 11:04 AM

    this is really bad for him and i think he should probably be supsended for 4-8 games if not the entire year. if u remember, ray rice had a video come out and it all it proved was that he was telling the truth and he still got blackballed. jalen strong (or as i call him jalen week) will have it worse cause the video just proves hes a lier whod rather smoke drugs then play football. sad but true

  3. tattooit says: Mar 5, 2016 11:06 AM

    Tell my why pot is illegal again? OH YEA.. So we can keep all of those private prisons filled up.

    Has anyone ever died from weed yet, or are we still waiting?

  4. boobsanders says: Mar 5, 2016 11:09 AM

    “We can play easy [or] play hard.”

    Who doesn’t like hearing that from a cop that just stopped you.

  5. buccaboo says: Mar 5, 2016 11:13 AM

    In 10 years we are all going to laugh at this craziness. It’s freakin’ weed and a lot less dangerous than most prescription sedatives

  6. ketch20too says: Mar 5, 2016 11:16 AM

    explained it”bluntly”…that’s funny

  7. explosionsauce says: Mar 5, 2016 11:19 AM

    Actually less than $33,529.41 per joint. Assuming he has at least two rolled to constitute him referring to them as “joints” they’re $16,764.70 at the most.

  8. ajgreenhof says: Mar 5, 2016 11:20 AM

    If Ray Rice had a joint on him when he got in trouble he’d still be suspended.

  9. linemanguy74 says: Mar 5, 2016 11:37 AM

    All these idiots who say marijuana is no big deal are truly idiots !!!

  10. fedegene says: Mar 5, 2016 11:40 AM

    As much as I completely agree with the argument that it is just weed, it should not be illegal, etc., I still have a hard time understanding players exposing themselves like this. If certain laws and rules are wrong, the only way to fix them is changing them, not systematically breaking them and justifying that, especially if this means losing game checks and being suspended, which hurts your team besides your wallet. Just my two cents.

  11. snowbake says: Mar 5, 2016 11:46 AM

    “Bluntly” nice one Florio

  12. 81megatron81 says: Mar 5, 2016 11:48 AM

    tattooit says:
    Mar 5, 2016 11:06 AM
    Tell my why pot is illegal again? OH YEA.. So we can keep all of those private prisons filled up.

    Has anyone ever died from weed yet, or are we still waiting?

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    Uh are you serious??
    People die and get murdered daily from marijuana use, sales and cultivation. While I agree it should be legal, please have a better argument than private prison and weed is harmless. YOU are what’s wrong with this country, congrats. Now go educate yourself.

  13. metalman5150 says: Mar 5, 2016 11:55 AM

    We talking about a plant that grows in the ground like your common blueberry bush?

    Talk about an upside down kingdom?!

  14. razzlejag says: Mar 5, 2016 11:57 AM

    Non-story IMO. Two kids with marijuana. Big deal.

  15. mikealstott says: Mar 5, 2016 11:57 AM

    Hey officer it’s not marijuana it’s joints… Lol… That it the best criminal defense ever… One day soon this IDIOTIC prohibition against weed will end… I hope…

  16. markbul says: Mar 5, 2016 12:03 PM

    “Like all persons facing criminal charges….”

    Grammar Nazi says: proper usage is people, not persons. If it was a commenter, I’d never bother, but a person making money from writing should know better.

  17. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 5, 2016 12:11 PM

    tattooit says:
    Mar 5, 2016 11:06 AM
    Tell my why pot is illegal again? OH YEA.. So we can keep all of those private prisons filled up.

    Has anyone ever died from weed yet, or are we still waiting?
    ======

    Less than 10% of all prisons in the US are private. The real reason marijuana is still mostly illegal is because of the Pharmaceutical companies who would lose 90% of their sales if people could use weed to stop pain.

  18. 700levelvet says: Mar 5, 2016 12:12 PM

    Life’s a game… Play hard

  19. cmjohnson33 says: Mar 5, 2016 12:14 PM

    81megatron81 says:
    Mar 5, 2016 11:48 AM
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    Uh are you serious??
    People die and get murdered daily from marijuana use, sales and cultivation. While I agree it should be legal, please have a better argument than private prison and weed is harmless. YOU are what’s wrong with this country, congrats. Now go educate yourself.
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    I typically lurk, but this comment pushed me over the edge.

    You are justifying weed being illegal because people get killed over its black market cultivation and transactions. WHEN it is legal these transactions and accordingly the bloodshed should disappear (assuming taxes are not so punitive that it is cheaper to continue black market), since you will be able to stop at a store and grab it, rather than in a shady part of town from some shady characters.

    Your ignorance is whats wrong with ‘merica.

  20. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Mar 5, 2016 12:15 PM

    “Packers cornerback Damarious Randall denies having marijuana,” but he’s a Packer, and when we’re caught lying, we expect to be let off, scot free, instantly. Because, ya know, we’re the Packers. At least, that’s the waaahh it happens in Wisconsin.

  21. mypercyhurts2 says: Mar 5, 2016 12:18 PM

    Marijuana is still illegal because the people with the power to change that would lose a lot of money from big pharmacy and tobacco companies. The will of the individual states will continue to gain momentum until the federal government has no choice but listen to the people. It’s only a matter of time.

  22. genericcommenter says: Mar 5, 2016 12:23 PM

    I would say that cooperating with police is never a good idea, from a legal standpoint. If you feel you have some moral obligation to make things easier for the state to convict you and self-sacrifice, have at it. But I don’t believe in that personally- or that it’s in the intended/abstract spirit of our way of life.

    Now, I don’t think the police did anything wrong. So don’t say I’m saying that. It’s up to the individual, especially one in the article who has the resources to easily afford high-end counsel, to assert rights and make the decision.

    From a practical standpoint, the cop has a job to do. So, of course he’s going to do anything he can ethically to talk the suspect into incriminating himself. He’s not there to make a deal. So, If you think talking (when you should shut up) is going to help you out, you are naive or stupid.

  23. firstvictory says: Mar 5, 2016 12:25 PM

    81megatron81 says:
    Mar 5, 2016 11:48 AM

    —-

    you’re what’s wrong. don’t need an education to understand the truth.

  24. genericcommenter says: Mar 5, 2016 12:26 PM

    Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Mar 5, 2016 12:15 PM
    “Packers cornerback Damarious Randall denies having marijuana,” but he’s a Packer, and when we’re caught lying, we expect to be let off, scot free, instantly. Because, ya know, we’re the Packers. At least, that’s the waaahh it happens in Wisconsin.
    ——————-

    He has no obligation, in any sense, to incriminate himself.

    Of course, he should have remained silent. Lying isn’t the smart move, either. But neither is volunteering information you don’t have to.

  25. thejetssuck2001 says: Mar 5, 2016 12:53 PM

    if he was driving then that isnt good, because people shouldnt drive high. otherwise it shouldnt even be a crime. it should be legal like alcohol to a grown hard working man like jaelen strong. change this law nationwide already. this is becoming ridiculous at this point to enforce marijuana.

  26. wtfru2 says: Mar 5, 2016 12:53 PM

    Too many of you have been brainwashed by the alcohol lobby, who doesn’t want the competition. Weed is far less harmful than drinking beer and whiskey! Stop listening to the congressmen that are getting bribed by the booze lobby to keep weed out of the conversation!

  27. dontouchmyjunk says: Mar 5, 2016 12:54 PM

    Pretty clear that American attitudes have permanently changed on this issue. Only a matter of time before national laws reflect that change. But you shouldn’t be driving while high. That’s still dumb behavior and should be punished.

  28. frank booth says: Mar 5, 2016 1:01 PM

    genericcommenter says:
    Mar 5, 2016 12:26 PM

    Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Mar 5, 2016 12:15 PM
    “Packers cornerback Damarious Randall denies having marijuana,” but he’s a Packer, and when we’re caught lying, we expect to be let off, scot free, instantly. Because, ya know, we’re the Packers. At least, that’s the waaahh it happens in Wisconsin.
    ——————-

    He has no obligation, in any sense, to incriminate himself.

    Of course, he should have remained silent. Lying isn’t the smart move, either. But neither is volunteering information you don’t have to.
    ==================================

    Jeffrey B Dahmed is a Viking fan who gets a big kick out of his name and he enjoys doing Packer shtick. One joke pony.

  29. mccontrary says: Mar 5, 2016 1:05 PM

    markbul says:
    Mar 5, 2016 12:03 PM
    “Like all persons facing criminal charges….”

    Grammar Nazi says: proper usage is people, not persons. If it was a commenter, I’d never bother, but a person making money from writing should know better.

    Just to prolong this grammar class, “persons” is completely acceptable in this context and until recently was preferred when writing about groups of countable individuals. It is fading out and I’d discourage using “persons” in certain situations, such as, “Hey, can I join you persons in that pool game?” Your person would be in danger there.

  30. 81megatron81 says: Mar 5, 2016 1:09 PM

    I can’t you all get to vote. Scary times.

  31. Seprix says: Mar 5, 2016 1:12 PM

    markbul says:
    Mar 5, 2016 12:03 PM

    “Like all persons facing criminal charges….”

    Grammar Nazi says: proper usage is people, not persons. If it was a commenter, I’d never bother, but a person making money from writing should know better.

    ——————————————-

    No, proper usage is persons. It’s how the law is written. Mike Florio is a lawyer.

  32. mrgroovesd says: Mar 5, 2016 1:13 PM

    I don’t get some of these players that smoke. If you’re going to smoke, smoke in the comfort of your own home. WAY less of a chance of getting caught. But it is what it is, some players will never learn.

  33. cheeseisfattening says: Mar 5, 2016 1:15 PM

    frank booth says:
    Mar 5, 2016 1:01 PM

    genericcommenter says:
    Mar 5, 2016 12:26 PM

    Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Mar 5, 2016 12:15 PM
    “Packers cornerback Damarious Randall denies having marijuana,” but he’s a Packer, and when we’re caught lying, we expect to be let off, scot free, instantly. Because, ya know, we’re the Packers. At least, that’s the waaahh it happens in Wisconsin.
    ——————-

    He has no obligation, in any sense, to incriminate himself.

    Of course, he should have remained silent. Lying isn’t the smart move, either. But neither is volunteering information you don’t have to.
    ==================================

    Jeffrey B Dahmed is a Viking fan who gets a big kick out of his name and he enjoys doing Packer shtick. One joke pony.
    ————-
    Mr . Telekinesis is a Bear’s fan who gets a big kick out his insights and he enjoys following Viking stories.

  34. damcmp says: Mar 5, 2016 1:19 PM

    Well of course he admitted it! JJ Watt would have also. why? because he is a Texan and therefore Texan Worthy! nobody McNair hires would lie….

  35. skinslover2136 says: Mar 5, 2016 1:28 PM

    BS… In Arizona it is no longer considered reasonable suspicion if your car smells like marijuana the cop must have another reason!

  36. mccontrary says: Mar 5, 2016 1:32 PM

    “Like all persons facing criminal charges….”

    Grammar Nazi says: proper usage is people, not persons. If it was a commenter, I’d never bother, but a person making money from writing should know better.

    ——————————————-

    No, proper usage is persons. It’s how the law is written. Mike Florio is a lawyer.

    —-

    You should try looking this up instead of quoting your sixth-grade gym teacher. Merriam Websters Collegiate (that’s a real dictionary) lists a definition of “people” as “Human beings, persons — often used in compounds instead of persons,” so it is completely acceptable. I stick by my advice about not using it in a bar, however. Not a smart move. And class over.

  37. kd75 says: Mar 5, 2016 1:38 PM

    If the joints are already rolled, it is like you know ready to smoke.

  38. senatorblutarsky says: Mar 5, 2016 1:53 PM

    metalman5150 says:
    Mar 5, 2016 11:55 AM

    We talking about a plant that grows in the ground like your common blueberry bush?
    ___________________

    No. More like the poppy from which opium is derived.

  39. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 5, 2016 2:14 PM

    senatorblutarsky says:
    Mar 5, 2016 1:53 PM
    metalman5150 says:
    Mar 5, 2016 11:55 AM

    We talking about a plant that grows in the ground like your common blueberry bush?
    ___________________

    No. More like the poppy from which opium is derived.
    ==========

    Please tell me you don’t think that marijuana comes from poppy plants. Please tell you know that.

  40. conflictedobserver says: Mar 5, 2016 2:23 PM

    81megatron81.
    NOONE has ever died of an overdose of marijuana.
    that is indisputable.
    educate yourself.
    his point was if it were legal, NOONE would die because of it, not thieves at cultivation, noone.
    its people like you ….
    sound familiar??
    grow up

  41. purplepeople1 says: Mar 5, 2016 2:40 PM

    All these packers fan trying to downplay Randall ‘s involvement hopefully he gets suspended too.

  42. philly462 says: Mar 5, 2016 2:49 PM

    Watching that kid get arrested was the highlight of my month, and I’m completely for the legalization of marijuana.

    He’s such a clown.

  43. conflictedobserver says: Mar 5, 2016 2:50 PM

    re senatorblutarsky.
    to compare pot to heroin or opiates is pretty much like comparing o’doul’s 1/2% beer to everclear.
    this is 2016, not the 1950s.
    NOONE who knows anything about drugs and their classifications compares heroin to pot.
    biggest gateway drug ??
    your favorite, alcohol.
    be proud, be very proud

  44. 81megatron81 says: Mar 5, 2016 2:52 PM

    conflictedobserver says:
    Mar 5, 2016 2:23 PM
    81megatron81.
    NOONE has ever died of an overdose of marijuana.
    that is indisputable.
    educate yourself.
    his point was if it were legal, NOONE would die because of it, not thieves at cultivation, noone.
    its people like you ….
    sound familiar??
    grow up

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    I don’t recall saying anything about overdose, simply said use. And I see it everyday, death and destruction from it and I live in a state where it is legal to grow and smoke. All you people with your stoner excuses have not seen what I have seen. I do support legalization for tax purposes but you’re blind and ignorant if you believe it is harmless. But thanks for playing.

  45. conflictedobserver says: Mar 5, 2016 3:01 PM

    lol
    “All you people”
    when has that ever been an accurate statement??
    thank You for playing

  46. realfootballfan says: Mar 5, 2016 3:04 PM

    I’m glad to know the Scottsdale PD that I pay taxes for had time for this nonsense.

  47. onereasonableman says: Mar 5, 2016 3:10 PM

    This is actually a difficult situation. Given my profession, I agree he should not have volunteered anything.

    On the other hand, it was rather refreshing to see a cop treat someone with respect and the individual act with respect back. No one beat up or shot.

    Unless he has a long rap sheet, my guess is that this will be a minor criminal situation (likely a misdemeanor). Also, given the video that he was cooperative, I would expect a judge to look at him favorably.

    Still, when the police say something like that, it should be a benefit to the accused. I don’t think it ever is.

    It’s like when detectives say to someone, just confess, it will be better for you — yeah right.

  48. PFT's Most Moderated says: Mar 5, 2016 3:21 PM

    It’s just a little weed, fer cryin’ out loud. Why isn’t this stuff legal in all 50 states again? When’s the last time you heard about someone high on pot starting a barfight or crashing into another driver? Never, that’s why. The worst crime a stoned person might do is clean out your pantry.

  49. ebdug says: Mar 5, 2016 3:42 PM

    You’d think the league would have a screening test that would detect, you know, CTE.

  50. canadapackers says: Mar 5, 2016 3:51 PM

    OK – it is legal in some places — but on the flip side you are supposed to be ATHLETES. It may be the offseason but maintaining long term high level athletic performance – especially in a sport such as football, requires looking after your body all the time. I also certainly hope that the Packers organization reads the riot act to Mr Randall – be careful of whom you associate and to remember that your name gets dragged into the mud when you are caught up in some activity by associating with a person doing illegal stuff. Not only might you lose a game – you might also lose the opportunity to sign a big lucrative contract.

  51. stellarperformance says: Mar 5, 2016 4:17 PM

    If it were legalized it might cut down on Viking fans getting drunk and picking fights as a leisure activity.

  52. mlander12 says: Mar 5, 2016 4:35 PM

    canadapackers, I disagree, if they’re vaping pot it should have minimal effects on their lungs, but would assist with pain management and help relax their bodies after games, workouts and practices, leading to better recovery time. Less chance of addiction to opioids, and less damaging to their overall health than opioids. There’s also some studies that indicate it’s helpful for concussions.

  53. rootpain says: Mar 5, 2016 4:57 PM

    Millennials’ trust of adults erodes when authority-figures exaggerate or make up the dangers of the “gateway” drugs, leading Millennials to regard all anti-drug messages as nonsense. So in that regard, the actual cause of increased “hard drug” use is the presence of adults. Do away with adults and all the problems Millennials have to deal with disappear.
    But if you want to talk about “gateway” products, in a global study that investigated 10s of thousands of hard drug users, the most common products consumed by hard drug users, listed in order of sequential use was mother’s milk, tobacco, alcohol and cannabis. By far, the highest percentage of hard drug users were addicted to mothers milk prior to being six months old. As a result, several anti-drug leaning countries are currently preparing legislation to ban the use of mothers milk to children under the age of 18.
    Ps I also searched on whether the common blueberry bush was ever thought to be a gateway drug. Nothing came up. But there were many references that stated ingesting too many blueberries could cause a severe allergy. So there’s that.

  54. rootpain says: Mar 5, 2016 5:04 PM

    PFT’s Most Moderated says:
    Mar 5, 2016 3:21 PM
    It’s just a little weed, fer cryin’ out loud. Why isn’t this stuff legal in all 50 states again? When’s the last time you heard about someone high on pot starting a barfight or crashing into another driver? Never, that’s why. The worst crime a stoned person might do is clean out your pantry.
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    Yeah, I agree.
    Signed Aaron Hernandez

  55. tootitan says: Mar 5, 2016 5:13 PM

    “One of two ways,” the officer reiterates. “We have a canine dog here.”

    Umm – officer- a canine dog? C’mon! Are you sure it’s not a feline dog? Or a bovine dog? Or a porcine dog?

  56. Waldo says: Mar 5, 2016 5:23 PM

    For God’s sake , Let Bro’s get High !

  57. adoombray says: Mar 5, 2016 5:33 PM

    So a cop threatened a guy with a mauling by a dog over something I can freely smoke on the street in my state? this is outrageous.

  58. dericivy says: Mar 5, 2016 5:38 PM

    81megatron81 says:
    Mar 5, 2016 11:48 AM
    tattooit says:
    Mar 5, 2016 11:06 AM
    Tell my why pot is illegal again? OH YEA.. So we can keep all of those private prisons filled up.

    Has anyone ever died from weed yet, or are we still waiting?

    —————-

    Uh are you serious??
    People die and get murdered daily from marijuana use, sales and cultivation. While I agree it should be legal, please have a better argument than private prison and weed is harmless. YOU are what’s wrong with this country, congrats. Now go educate yourself.

    ________

    If legal, crime is removed from sales, distribution, and cultivation.

    Solving the problem.

    Not sure how people will die and get murdered daily from marijuana use then.🙂

  59. fedora59 says: Mar 5, 2016 5:47 PM

    I’m stilling scratching my head over the term ‘canine dog’. Seems a bit redundant to me.
    And while I’m all for the decriminalization of weed, if you are stupid enough to drive around and smoke a joint, you are inviting your own problems.
    Wise up.

  60. fanofpft says: Mar 5, 2016 8:09 PM

    Just saw this on TV. They showed it as being in a pack of backwoods cigars. If they were blunts he should have taken his chances with the K9’s.

  61. frank booth says: Mar 5, 2016 8:18 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Mar 5, 2016 1:15 PM

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    Mr . Telekinesis is a Bear’s fan who gets a big kick out his insights and he enjoys following Viking stories.

    ==================================
    cheeseisfattening- A grammar-challenged commenter who tells the same Eddie Lacy joke 20 different ways and loves reading (and sometimes comprehending) my posts.

  62. fanofpft says: Mar 5, 2016 8:21 PM

    Less than 10% of all prisons in the US are private. The real reason marijuana is still mostly illegal is because of the Pharmaceutical companies who would lose 90% of their sales if people could use weed to stop pain.

    .
    It was almost 20% 3 years ago and it has grown strong every year.

  63. firethorn1001 says: Mar 6, 2016 5:21 PM

    So a cop threatened a guy with a mauling by a dog over something I can freely smoke on the street in my state? this is outrageous.
    =————————————————————

    Talk about a leap here. A drug dog = threat to maul him to death?

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