NFL Player Fired Over Marijuana Arrest

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According to ESPN, NFL linebacker Jonathan Newsome has been released from his contract with the Indianapolis Colts due to a marijuana-related arrest. Despite growing acceptance of marijuana nationwide, the NFL has continued to take a hard-line stance against the substance.

Police arrested Newsome on Feb. 17, 2016, after being called to the NFL player’s apartment over a noise complaint. This was the second time in less than a month that police found marijuana in Newsome’s home.

“I would like to thank Coach Pagano, Ryan Grigson, Jim Irsay and the entire Colts organization for the opportunity of a life time,” wrote Newsome on Twitter. Newsome then tweeted, “I learned alot (sic) during my time here in Indianapolis, becoming a better football player and person. I have made mistakes, but ive (sic) grown.”

Vowing to return, Newsome said that this would not be the last time that fans would see him.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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