The University of Florida football team – like thousands of other college-age students around the country – clearly enjoys smoking herb now and then. According to ESPN.com, seven members of the team have been arrested for marijuana-related offenses in the last 25 months.
The latest arrest of cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy happened just after midnight last Sunday morning. According to the police report, cops pulled over the 2001 Honda Accord with three people inside for a “violation of right of way”. Before the car stopped, someone allegedly threw a joint out the window. Purifoy was in the back seat, according to the police report.
Inside, cops found a baggie of nuggets near the parking break in the front seat and “marijuana residue” on the lap of one of the other people in the car (editors note: roll your joints outside of the car, fellas). Interestingly, Purifoy doesn’t seem to have been connected to the marijuana in any way, but was still charged with possession after he and the other two refused to claim ownership for the herb itself.
The school has remained mum on the issue other than issuing a statement that Florida “coach Will Muschamp is aware of the incident and is handling it”. Other players busted for herb have previously been dismissed from the team or left on their own accord. Currently, the NCAA penalty for marijuana use is a full-season suspension – the same as for performance enhancing drugs.
Purify was cited and will appear in court later this month. Here’s hoping for the best, as possession of 20 grams or less is considered a misdemeanor charge in the Sunshine State, with up to a year in jail and $1,000 in fines. Any marijuana conviction suspends your driver’s license for up to two years.