Janoris Jenkins cited for marijuana possession

By Adam Silverstein
January 24, 2011

Florida Gators junior cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who recently decided to return for his senior season rather than enter the 2011 NFL Draft, was cited – but was not taken to jail – over the weekend for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Jenkins was caught by Gainesville, FL police rolling a joint in a nightclub bathroom on Saturday, according to The Gainesville Sun’s Robbie Andreu. The Associated Press reports that he was found at Status on the corner of University Avenue and SE 1st Street with less than 20 grams of marijuana in a “small, clear bag.”

Though Jenkins was technically arrested, he was not taken to jail because he signed a notice to appear in court, which he will fulfill on Feb. 17.

“We are aware of the incident with Janoris Jenkins and will handle it internally at this time,” head coach Will Muschamp said in an official statement.

His second legal incident in less than two years, Jenkins was arrested in May 2009 on misdemeanor charges of affray and resisting arrest without violence. He said at the time that he acting in self-defense and was only trying to protect himself during a group altercation in which someone he did not know attempted to steal his chain.

The State Attorney’s Office dropped the affray charge because there were not enough facts for that to have been applicable. They instead offered him a deferred prosecution agreement, which he agreed to sign. The terms of the agreement included Jenkins staying out of trouble for six months, paying $50 in court fees and either donating $150 to a charity or performing 15 hours of community service. His record has since been cleared of the charge because he fulfilled the demands of the agreement.

“It was a big learning experience,” Jenkins said of the incident. “I had a little off-the-field issue, but I bounced back from that. I gotta keep my head up, be strong and go forward.”

Then-head coach Urban Meyer did not play Jenkins in Florida’s 2009 season opener against Charleston Southern but allowed him to return to action one week later when UF faced Troy. Meyer refused to tell the media whether or not he was officially suspended.

Photo Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

28 Comments

  1. David says:

    Can someone explain why these kids cant smoke weed before they go out like the rest of us used to? They are soo stupid. Now Muschamp has to make an example of Jenkins agreed to come back for his senior year, and one of the guys we need.

  2. Dr. Man Meat says:

    I like that…”Yes, I was arrested for weed. But, coach, I didn’t go to jail — just a citation!”

  3. GatorSnake says:

    To be honest, I’m not surprised. As a student at UF, I hear about athletes smoking all the time. I can also say that a former UF football player lived across the hall from me, and it was no doubt what was going on. Muschamp has to get on these kids, or else we’re going to see a lot more of these stories in the future

  4. joey says:

    This happens every night at every bar in every college town. But now that the kid plays football its a big damn deal? This is getting old every time a athlete is arrested for something 75% of all big colleges students do.

    • Scooterp says:

      Well joey, those 75%er’s are not senior leaders of a top notch college football program. A program, that for a better half of a decade has been under a ton of scrutiny for lawlessness and getting arrested. Now, we have a guy, who all of us applauded for coming back his senior year, thinks nothing of rolling a joint in a bathroom at a nightclub. This is the guy who we’ll lean on to be a leader and mentor Riggs, Shaw, Watkins, Elam and the rest of our young defense? I’m sick of the stupidity that runs through that locker room. I hope Muschamp comes down hard.

  5. joey says:

    Or try….

  6. Willgator says:

    Lol slow news day .

  7. ncgator says:

    I don’t think any of these kids are getting laid enough!! Particularly recruits. Supposedly, Ja’Jaun Story is in Colombus and having a great time. How can that be? The answer is, he’s got to be getting laid. I mean how else can you have a great time in Colombus in January? These kids should be picked-up at the airport and taken straight to Hooters. Let them pick out their favorite for the weekend and by Monday morning they’ll be enrolled in class. Recruiting problem solved.

  8. John S says:

    Stupid, but but not a big deal. Given we’ll start unranked, hopefully this won’t carry that far.

  9. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Knucklehead season is in full swing!!

    • Gatorgrad79 says:

      One more result of the distinct lack of leadership on our team! There is no one (team mate) to get in these players faces and take them to task for putting the whole team at risk. There should be defensive and offensive leaders who take this personally and go have a heart to heart with the dumb asses that want to risk their own personal and collective team futures on this kind of stupid crap!

      • Larry says:

        Ironically, Jenkins is supposed to be one of those leaders who should be getting in everyone else’s face and steering them in the right direction. Way to lead by example!

      • David says:

        I’ll second the thing about leadership. We don’t have any. A lot of questions of who are going to emerge as leaders. Omar Hunter? Jelani Jenkins? Jeff Demps? Omarius Hines? I have no idea man. No idea.

  10. npgator says:

    Don’t smoke dope it will make you goofy!

  11. SaraGator says:

    The fact that our players smoking weed doesn’t bother me.

    What bothers me is that they do it out in public and risk getting caught.

    Stupid, Stupid. Stupid.

    Any word from Coach Boom yet?

  12. td21 says:

    This is so stupid…. Leadership from the top…coaches on down was a major issue last year. Time to make the dumb ass an example… Harsh and hard… AND IN NOW WAY WOULD HE BE A LEADER IN ANY CAPACITY….. NONE IDIOT!!!!!

  13. Alex says:

    I just want to note that Google is serving ads for Rehab next to this article. Love those contextual ads. I clicked it, Adam. You’re welcome.

  14. gator says:

    These cops have got to have something better to do than hanging out in bathrooms trying to bust some kid smoking weed. Get out on the streets and make a real differance.

  15. Mr2Bits says:

    I have never smoked weed and don’t condone it but this is really not that big of a deal. Simple citation, little community service and he will be found guilty with adjudication being withheld. Boom will most likely make him run some extra laps. You won’t hear of this come August.

    On a side note, the whole weed thing really needs to be redone in the criminal arena. Just tax the hell out of the junk and legalize it already. Might make filling up my F150 a little cheaper if they could make money off of other things rather than oil and my home.

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