A few minutes after Sunday night became Monday morning, an RA in the Keys residential complex noticed the smell of marijuana and called UF police. The police went into the room from which the odor originated, and found a puff of smoke and a styrofoam cup serving as an ashtray, along with two small bags of marijuana.
Oh, and two Gator football players, each of whom has been in trouble before: receiver James Robinson and linebacker Ventrell Miller, neither of whom were arrested but instead issued a notice to appear.
As stupid as this is, though- yes, marijuana is illegal, and yes, these guys have shorter leashes than average- Jim McElwain announced that the issue has been dealt with. Robinson has been at practice all week, and I say that on a Thursday of a week in which the trouble happened before anybody awoke on Monday, which further backs up the message that this is a dead issue.
Miller, meanwhile, remains suspended from all team activities pending the resolution of his misadventures with school issued funds. But this incident will not further hamper his ability to play.
That said: Robinson, who has now been caught with weed twice in eight months- the first instance of which nearly cost him the opportunity to play Division I football before McElwain stuck his neck out for him- and Miller, who has now found him entangled with the law twice this summer, have to be running out of chances. They’re not the first players to be caught smoking marijuana in their dorm rooms and won’t be the last, but their previous run-ins with the law have put them on dangerously thin ice. And I can assure you, James and Ventrell, that you will not get off so easy should you be caught committing another infraction, however minor.
Please, guys. Stop smoking weed. Whether the law against marijuana is right or wrong is irrelevant; the fact is that it’s illegal. You have the potential to be millionaires by the end of the decade if you just stop.