Sunday, February 8, 2009
Updated: February 9, 3:00 PM ET
Jamal Anderson released from jail
ESPN.com news services
Former Falcons running back Jamal Anderson was released from an Atlanta-area jail on $6,000 bond Sunday night after his arrest on a felony possession-of-cocaine charge and a possession-of-marijuana charge, a misdemeanor.
Anderson, an NFL analyst for ESPN's "First Take" this past season, was booked into the Fulton County jail in Georgia late Saturday night.
His first hearing was set for Monday morning, the Fulton County sheriff's office said Sunday.
According to a police spokesman, a nightclub patron at the Peachtree Tavern alerted an off-duty police officer who was working security to possible drug use in the club's restroom, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Mark Daniel Hudson, 20, who police say was with Anderson, was also arrested at the bar in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. The Fulton County Superior Court clerk's office said Monday that charges had been dropped against Hudson.
Police found a 1-inch-square bag of cocaine and a suspected marijuana cigarette in Anderson's pocket, according to the paper.
ESPN released a statement regarding Anderson on Monday.
"He is not currently on our schedule to work," the statement said. "We will announce a decision closer to next season."
Anderson, 36, last played in 2001. He helped lead the Falcons to their first NFC title in 1998, when he rushed for 1,846 yards and set an NFL record for carries in a season with 410. It was his only Pro Bowl season.
The Falcons lost to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl that season.
Anderson rushed for 5,336 yards in eight NFL seasons, all with the Falcons. He retired after tearing the ACL in his left knee. He tore the ACL in his right knee during the 1999 season.
He was drafted out of Utah by the Falcons in the seventh round of the 1994 NFL draft,
No. 201 overall.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach was used in this report.