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Tide's Kirkpatrick arrested on marijuana charges

Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:38 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 10:43 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

In a development that will surely do his draft stock no favors, recently declared Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

As originally reported by The Big LeadKirkpatrick's arrest is part of the available public record at the website of Manatee County (Fla.) Sheriff's Department. A search for the arrest yields the following record:

 

According to the Associated Press, the local police report states that Kirkpatrick was a passenger in a truck driven by fellow former Alabama player Chris Rogers, 25. The truck was pulled over in Bradenton, Fla., after being spotted driving on the wrong side of the road. A police dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs, and a small amount of marijuana was found on the floordboard at Kirkpatrick's feet.

According to the report, Rogers said he had bought the marijuana at a local house and was also charged. Kirkpatrick claimed he had been in the car when the purchase had been made, but was unaware what Rogers was buying.

The arrest occured at 12:48 a.m., with Kirkpatrick released shortly after having posted $120 bond.

Though it wasn't immediately clear why Kirkpatrick was in Bradenton, the city is home to the IMG Performance Institute, one function of which is to help athletes as they train for the NFL Combine.

Kirkpatrick declared for April's NFL Draft shortly after the Crimson Tide's resounding victory in the BCS national title game, and is universally expected to become a first-round selection. The former five-star recruit from Gasden (Ala.) and 2011 All-American is ranked the No. 10 overall prospect in the draft, and the current CBSSports.com mock drafts currently have Kirkpatrick as either the 6th or 7th overall pick. 

The arrest certainly won't keep Kirkpatrick from becoming a first-round millionaire come draft day. But depending on how seriously NFL teams take what might now viewed as "character concerns," his top-10 status could be in jeopardy.

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Comments

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:25 pm
 

Tide's Kirkpatrick arrested on marijuana charges

What a surprise.  An SEC guy declares for the draft, bails on class, leaves the state he is "protected" in and BAM.  Had this happened in Alabuma during the season, Nick would have just done one of two things:

1.  Had the cop fired
2.  Singed 4 more guys to letters of intent to make up for losing one. 



Let your boy know that the SEC was waiting on his return to college football. Tebow is in the NFL now, so what will be his next scapegoat? He better stay up there and try to win because he knew his tail didn't stand a chance down here!!! LOL



Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:08 pm
 

Tide's Kirkpatrick arrested on marijuana charges

This is a seriuos life isssue for Kirkpatrick.  I just hope he gets help and goes to a recovery program. His stock will fall in the NFL Draft  but his life is more important.  GET HELP!




Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:08 pm
 

Tide's Kirkpatrick arrested on marijuana charges

Apparently he wants to be drafted by the Bengals!!



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:48 am
 

Tide's Kirkpatrick arrested on marijuana charges

Sure do hate to see this happen to this kid.  It was stupid, untimely and damaging to his reputation.  With that being said, kids do childish things daily! For Dre now, its all about how you bounce back from this.  Life is about humbleness and humility and now that he has been humiliated he can become humbled.  By not living far away from where this kid grew up, its a WIN for him to have made it this far.  When you come out of Gasden, Al, raised by your older brother you grow up before your time.  I just hope that everything he has accomplished at Bama the last few years don't go down the drain because of a stupid mistake.  Thanks #21 move forward and good luck.




Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:03 am
 

Tide's Kirkpatrick arrested on marijuana charges

Ron Paul gets elected and there's no problem.



Since: Aug 7, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:21 pm
 

Tide's Kirkpatrick arrested on marijuana charges

lol dumbass bammer



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Tide's Kirkpatrick arrested on marijuana charges

This story isn't at all about marijuana being legal or not, or whether this kids draft status will drop. It is all about understanding what you have in front of you, and what you are going to do to protect it. If I had the winning lottery ticket in my hands, and I couldn't quite cash it in yet, you think I am just going to leave it laying around any old place? Hell no! I am going to protect it with every possible caution I can think of.

Hey, I agree the kid was dumb and put himself in a bad position and it will cost him. That is definitely a big piece of this story. But it shouldn't be that way and that's a fair point also for one to make whenever a situation like this arises.

Also, just because something is illegal doesn't mean one shouldn't do it. In fact, sometimes that's a reason to do it. If we all just always followed laws without questioning or disobeying the ones we find unjust, we'd be British and there wouldn't be any sports bars. lol

However, you should always be aware of what you have, the risks you take and what you stand to lose.



Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Tide's Kirkpatrick arrested on marijuana charges

Sorry. I meant to blockquote this part

Prescription drugs Or cold pills aren't illegal. And it isn't the fact he got behind the wheel and drove....obviously he didn't....it is the extreme lack of judgement he showed.




Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:47 pm
 

Tide's Kirkpatrick arrested on marijuana charges

Prescription drugs Or cold pills aren't illegal. And it isn't the fact he got behind the wheel and drove....obviously he didn't....it is the extreme lack of judgement he showed.

Obviously it showed poor judgement. But that has nothing to do with my post, which was to point out the hypocrisy of another poster who was wishing for an over the top, completely out of all proportion to reality, punishment for this young man.
 
I am amazed at the number of times someone will use one small part of a post that they disagree with to try and discredit the whole post, and then fail miserably.

DUI laws mean exactly what the letters stand for, driving under the influence. And that means any substance that impairs your ability to operate a vehicle.  Disagree? Here, let me google it for you:  
 




Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:46 pm
 

Tide's Kirkpatrick arrested on marijuana charges

LSUSMC, I'm not defending Kirkpatrick.  But how many times have you had a dog walked around your car because of a random traffic stop?
From the article, it does not appear that this was just a random traffic stop.  The vehicle was stopped because it was driving on the wrong side of the road.  The article does not say that the dog was called in, so I will assume that the dog was in the police car, and the police were checking out a vehicle that had been driving on the wrong side of the road.  If the dog is with you, it is after midnight, and the car is driving on the wrong side of the road, why not let the dog sniff around.  Perfectly legal. 

I know I mention the wrong side of the road quite a few times, but that is very important here.  That gave the officers just cause to at least be curious as to whether the driver was impaired or not. 


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