Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Updated: April 4, 2:28 PM ET
Nick Fairley arrested in Mobile
ESPN.com news services
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested on a second-degree marijuana possession charge on Tuesday afternoon in Mobile, Ala., Mobile police spokesman Christopher Levy told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Fox10TV.com reported that Fairley was charged with second-degree possession, a misdemeanor in Alabama.
According to Levy, police received several complaints of a suspicious Cadillac Escalade in a Mobile neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon. Police stopped the car, which Fairley was driving, and detected a strong smell of marijuana inside the car and found a small amount in the ashtray, Levy told Schefter.
Fairley was arrested and posted a $1,000 bond shortly, the spokesman said.
His arrest comes after Lions running back Mikel Leshoure was caught chewing marijuana during a traffic stop March 12 in southwestern Michigan. A police report said Leshoure was a passenger in a car stopped on Interstate 94 in Lake Township. The officer reported seeing him chewing marijuana and noticed small pieces on his shirt. Leshoure and the driver were ticketed for marijuana possession.
The Lions said they are aware of Fairley's arrest and are gathering more information.
"We hold all of our players to a high standard of behavior and the recent charges against Nick and Mikel Leshoure are not consistent with those standards," the team said in a statement Tuesday. "We are extremely disappointed. We will continue to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time."
Fairley, who played collegiately at the University of Auburn, was the Lions' first-round pick (No. 13 overall) in 2011. He played in just 10 games because of a foot injury and had 11 tackles and one sack.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.