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Monday, January 14, 2008
Three players disciplined after traffic stop yields drugs

Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer laid down the law Monday on three freshmen football players caught with marijuana in their car during a traffic stop.

Wide receivers Gerald Jones and Ahmad Paige were cited Friday for misdemeanor drug possession. No charges were made against backseat passengers William Brimfield and visiting recruit Jameel Owens from Oklahoma.

But Fulmer decided after meeting with them Monday to discipline all three 18-year-olds.

"They understand that this behavior will not be tolerated," Fulmer said.

"They have a number of things they need to do to get back in our good graces, including performing community service with a drug rehabilitation facility, participating in police ride-alongs and more frequent drug tests."

They also will be prohibited from hosting recruits for one year.

Police pulled over the players' car around 10:41 p.m. Friday near the University of Tennessee campus for a burned out license tag light, Knoxville police spokesman Darrel DeBusk said Monday.

Paige, from Monroe, La., owned the Dodge Magnum. Jones, from Oklahoma City, was driving. Brimfield is from Norway, S.C.

Officers smelled "burnt marijuana coming from the open window" and searched the car with Paige and Jones' consent, DeBusk said. They found two marijuana cigars, one partially smoked.

"The driver and the passenger said the marijuana was theirs," DeBusk said.

Jones was charged with simple possession of marijuana, not wearing a seat belt and the tag light violation. Paige was charged with simple possession of marijuana, DeBusk said.

"I am extremely disappointed in these young men and the decision they made," Fulmer said. "This is an example of youth and stupidity by boys that need to become men and not make stupid and irrational decisions trying to impress each other."