Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes is once again in trouble with the law, and is being charged with marijuana possession after a traffic stop. See video of Santonio Holmes below.
Santonio Holmes was driving a dark SUV with out-of-state license plates in Pittsburgh today when he was stopped by police. They said his vehicle matched the description of one believed to be carrying large amounts of drugs. When they pulled him over, officers reported smelling burning marijuana, and they found cigars filled with marijuana in his car. Holmes was not arrested, however police Sgt. R. Griffith said “he’s going to be summoned,” meaning the Steelers’ wide receiver will receive notice of the charge in the mail.
Holmes, who admitted to police that he was in possession of marijuana, is being charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, which can carry a sentence of up to a year of jail time, although a fine or probation is the more common result. A spokesman for the Steelers said:
“We’re aware of what happened and are still gathering information at this time and will not comment.”
They are deactivating him for the upcoming game against the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Holmes, the Steelers #1 draft pick in 2005, will be missed on the field, as he is second in receptions, behind teammate Hines Ward. He has 22 catches for 380 yards and a touchdown so far this season.
This isn’t the 24 year old’s first run-in with the law since joining the NFL. In May 2006, Holmes was arrested for disorderly conduct in Miami, although the charges were dropped. The following month, he was arrested on charges of domestic violence. These charges were also dropped, as the mother of one of his three children would not cooperate with prosecutors on the case.
A video of Santonio Holmes is below.
Santonio Holmes Highlights Video