Sunday, August 14, 2005
Ex-Raider Robbins arrested on marijuana charge
SAN ANTONIO -- Former NFL offensive lineman Barret Robbins,
awaiting trial on attempted murder, was arrested on a marijuana
possession charge, police said Sunday.
Robbins, a former Pro Bowler with the Oakland Raiders, was detained Saturday
night after a bike patrol officer noticed the smell of marijuana
coming from his car, Officer Joe Rios said.
"We had probable cause and the officer saw a marijuana pipe in
plain view on the center console," Rios said. "He gave no
resistance and was very passive, but officers were aware of his
In January, Robbins was shot twice in the chest after allegedly
fighting with Miami police who were making a burglary call.
Robbins, found hiding in a women's restroom, was accused of beating
one police officer to the floor, slamming another into a wall and
ramming a third officer's head into a wall.
He has pleaded innocent to three counts of attempted felony
murder and other charges. No trial date has been set.
Robbins, who has bipolar disorder, was released from a Florida
hospital in April after posting a $51,000 bond. The arrangement
sending him to a Houston hospital near his father's house for
physical rehabilitation and bipolar treatment was approved by the
judge handling the case.
"We don't know why he was in San Antonio," Rios said.
Robbins was placed in the Bexar County Jail on an $800 bond
Ed Griffith, spokesman for the Miami-Dade County state
attorney's office, said Sunday that it was too soon to say how an
arrest would affect Robbins' case in Florida.
"This may have negative ramifications on his pending criminal
case in Miami," Griffith told The Associated Press.
Robbins' well-chronicled troubles began when he disappeared
before the Oakland-Tampa Bay Super Bowl in San Diego in early 2003, then showed up
the night before the game in an incoherent state and was
deactivated for the game.
After spending a month in an alcohol rehabilitation center,
Robbins lost weight and regained his spot in the Raiders' starting
lineup the following year.
But the Raiders released him last summer after he tested
positive for steroids. Before the Miami Beach fight, he was
arrested for allegedly hitting a security guard in San Francisco.