Ex Atlanta Falcon football great Jamal Anderson was arrested for possession of cocaine on Sunday morning after an off duty police officer witnessed him using drugs in the men’s room of an Atlanta bar. Read more, see photo and video below.
Early this morning, a patron notified an off duty police officer that drug activity was taking place inside the restroom of Peachtree Tavern. The officer witnessed Jamal Anderson, former running back for the Atlanta Falcons and another man sniffing cocaine off of the toilet inside the restroom. From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
“The patron had heard what he thought was sniffing from inside the stall and told the off-duty officer,” Redmond said. “The officer went into the restroom, heard the same sniffing and peered over the stall door. He saw Jamal Anderson and Mark Hudson sniffing two lines of powdered cocaine off the back of the toilet.”
Anderson had a small bag of cocaine and marijuana in his possession. Both men were arrested and booked in the Fulton County jail. Anderson was charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. They are both due to appear in court Monday morning.
Anderson was an eight year veteran of the NFL, and helped to lead the Atlanta Falcons to their only Super Bowl appearance in 1998. He played for the Falcons from 1994-2001 before his career was ended with a knee injury. Anderson had also worked for ESPN as an analyst this past season. From ESPN:
“We just learned of this situation, and it is not appropriate for us to comment until we have more information,” said George McNeilly, senior director of communications at ESPN, in a statement Sunday morning.
Anderson’s future is very much in doubt, whether or not he will work for ESPN anymore; and whether or not he will remain a free man for much longer. Jamal Anderson’s best year was the Super Bowl year of 1998, but he remains one of Atlanta’s most popular players.
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