02 April 2012
UPDATED 4:30PM: According to Mlive's Anwar Richardson, Mikel Leshoure did not show for his arrignment.
Wonderful...just wonderful. The news gets better and better. My reaction?
This is soooo worthy of a double facepalm...
Not to worry, Leshoure is not on the lam. The Freep's Dave Birkett reports via Twitter the Lions have told authorities Leshoure will will show up on Wednesday for arraignment. Keep in mind, we're talking about what will be misdemeanor offenses. Leshoure isn't some combination of John Dillinger and Charles Manson waking the streets, just a kid with a taste for weed.
Regardless, not showing up for arraignment will guarantee this story has legs for a few more days.
Original post: Everything has been fine and dandy on the Lions front, not a bad word to be said...until this afternoon. Apparently, Mikel Leshoure likes to smoke a little pot, and was caught holding in the Grand Rapids area a few weeks ago.
ESPN 96.1 is reporting that Detroit Lions running back Mikel LeShoure is being arraigned today in Berrien County Court on a charge of marijuana possession, second offense.
WOOD Radio confirmed the walk-in arraignment with the Berrien County clerk.
Online reports say Leshoure was busted on March 12th, but it didn't become public until today, thanks to the pending arrignment. Going by Tim Twentyman's posting of the team's reponse to the news on Twitter, the Lions are in damage control mode:
What doesn't bother me is Leshoure getting popped for possession. He's young, and young men make mistakes.
What bothers me is this Lesoure's second offense. That's a definite sign of a lack of maturity. That he doesn't quite get the responsibilities he has to the Lions. In other words, it's God damn stupid.
More proof of Leshoure's immaturity? Dave Birkett of the Freep provides it:
What the Hell is this? The sequel to Super Troopers?
The arresting officer...
Birkett also reports Leshoure's first offense was on February 18th, paying a fine after being found in possession during a traffic stop.
I'm not going argue the pros and cons of pot, if it's essentially the same as alcohol (in my mind, there's no difference, and should be treated as such). But pot possession remains against the law and in violation of NFL rules, which could put your high paying career at risk. That alone should be enough to keep you from being a chronic user of the chronic.
But at the VERY least, the consequences should be enough to keep you from getting busted by the cops on the west side of the freaking state carrying illegal drugs...after getting caught for the same offense a month earlier!
If Leshoure is considered a repeat offender by the NFL, he'll be facing a 4 game suspension. After getting popped twice in 2 months, I can guarantee there's a suspension in Leshoure's future.
With Leshoure's status in limbo, I have to believe the Lions will be in the market for a running back. I'm sure the Lions aren't eager to start the season with a depth chart of the eternally concussed Jahvid Best, the perpetually injured Kevin Smith, and a high and suspended Leshoure.