Florida CB Jalen Tabor arrested for marijuana

By Adam Silverstein
July 14, 2014

Florida Gators freshman cornerback Jalen Tabor was arrested and charged in late May with first-degree misdemeanor possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

Tabor, a five-star recruit out of Washington, D.C. who is expected to see playing time in his first year with the Gators, agreed to deferred prosecution on June 4. He will serve a short probation and either donate a small sum of money or participate in charity work.

According to an arrest report filed to the Gainesville Police Department on May 27, Tabor was found in the front seat of a vehicle stopped by police in the early afternoon after an officer “smelled the odor of cannabis emanating from the vehicle.”

The officer then conducted a probable cause search of Tabor which “yielded a small baggie of cannabis which fell out of his shorts when [Tabor] excited the vehicle.”

Tabor is the first Florida football player to be arrested in more than 10 months dating back to July 21, 2013, but he the 15th to be charged with a crime since head coach Will Muschamp took over the program in January of 2011.

Tabor has already been disciplined and will not be suspended any games for the incident.

“Jalen has faced consequences for his actions and is very remorseful,” Muschamp said in a statement released by the school. “He is aware that this is not how we represent the University of Florida.”

RELATED: Gators arrested under Muschamp from Jan. 2011 – Present

24 Comments

  1. Dave Massey says:

    Almost made it a year without a me first team second guy.

  2. Gatoralum88 says:

    It’s ridiculous! Yet another marijuana arrest. I’m becoming convinced that it’s rampant & they’re ALL hooked on chronic.

  3. Lee says:

    Why do they not make this a
    one-and-done offense?
    I’m not that worked up about pot
    but if they lack the ability to choose
    between this program and pot then
    they obviously lack they judgement
    to receive the benefit of our
    largess.

  4. Joe says:

    You all are very rigid. Kids should be allowed to make mistakes, learn and better themselves from those mistakes. That’s part of life. And yes, get used to it, it’ll happen again and again. It’s not a choice about pot or the program. Life is not black and white, it’s comprised of all shades of grey. We can get into the exact reasons behind each player’s choice to use substances and each one will differ. Not many of you can say that you live life without the use of substances. Ambien, Viagra, Xanax, and Alcohol are legal so no problem if folks get doped on those. In reality they are no better. All I’m saying is have a little compassion for your brothers and sisters in this world. We all have issues and we shouldn’t be harshly penalized because of them, we should be supported to overcome them and achieve greater satisfaction in this life.

  5. Timmy T says:

    Said it before and I’ll say it again…..STOP driving around in a car and smoking your weed. Hit the pipe, bong, doobie, whatever….and leave the shit at home.

  6. Tractorr says:

    Pot is not a big deal it will be legal nationwide within the next ten years. We are currently watching the dance of politicians figuring out how to make it legal without looking bad for having thrown people in jail for such a relatively harmless substance (in comparison to alcohol even which I am sure no one here ever drinks), I am not pretending like this is any sort of problem anymore. This is stupid why don’t the police go work on some real crime and leave college kids to being college kids? Oh right it is because they get federal grants for prosecuted arrests and marijuana arrests are easy whereas real crime takes hard work. Wouldn’t want our publicly funded employees to do work and actually make the streets safer when they could be arresting football players for small amounts of weed.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      not a big deal? you are deluding yourself. the genetics they have done on marijuana in the last 20 years has agressively impacted the THC, it is actually addictive now where it didn’t use to be and significantly more potent while not lessening the health impacts. It is not likely to be legal nationally in 10 yrs, nor is it even legal now in the states that say it is. The current administration has just decided that is another law it will choose not to enforce. Without starting an entire political discourse on the subject, Today’s pot is far more dangerous than it used to be and to think it is something trivial and insignificant is someone who doesn’t really understand what has happened to the drug. It is a lot like the cigarette industry has done as well in making cigarettes more addictive and the nicotine more potent while at the same time adding sugar and other additives to the cigarettes to make them more palatable.

  7. Michael Jones says:

    All you pot apologists/minimalists are full of c–p. It’s illegal. End of frigging story. No one really cares whether you think it’s not that bad, or whether you’re inhaling a loaded brownie while we speak. . . IT’S FRIGGING ILLEGAL. STOP DOING IT. And even if it was legal, do you want your athletes getting baked? Based on some of the decisions I’ve seen our players making during the course of the game, I’d suggest that they need every available brain cell. Besides, just generally, smoking and using drugs can’t be good for an elite athlete.

    What’s wrong with this training regimen:
    1. Eat well. (check)
    2. Lift weights, run, and get in good shape. (check)
    3. Get the proper amount of sleep. (check)
    4. Smoke pot. (uncheck)

    Good lord, man, you should see how ridiculous your “it’s no big deal” (because apparently the cops don’t agree with you) posts read.

    • Joe says:

      I get what you’re saying but it also used to be illegal for a black man to sit in the white section of a restaurant. Legality is not morality. You’re a fascist if you side with authority over human compassion, plain and simple. No one is perfect and one and done punishments like the one suggested above are one step away from a full out authoritarian system. On the other hand, I believe a murder is both illegal and highly immoral and therefore should be punished severely. We obviously see the world in different ways but calling me full of crap and ridiculous, ha! You’re a drone. Give the kid a chance to learn from his mistakes.

      • Michael Jones says:

        That a boy. Can always count on a liberal to place the race card when logic isn’t available, regardless of how much of a stretch it is from the current conversation. Yes, teenagers who choose getting high over their athletic careers is EXACTLY like forcing a black person to sit at the back of a bus! Great comparison, except for that you insult and belittle the real suffering that those REAL victims of racism had to endure.

        You clowns are making it a lot more complicated than it is. The point is very simple: whether you agree with it or not, possessing pot is currently illegal in Florida. While you are a scholarship athlete at UF, you can’t be breaking the law, regardless of how much a bunch of half (or fully) baked liberals think it “isn’t fair.”

        I know the days for being accountable for your own actions are ancient history and that you enabling leftwingers want to make everybody out to be a victim. . I could care less about any of that b–l s–t. I just want our scholarship athletes to follow the law until you hippies can put down your bongs long enough to march on Tallahassee and get it changed.

      • Michael Jones says:

        And I’m not advocating “one and done.” Never said that or anything close to it. That’s a bit harsh for a misdemeanor possession charge. The punishment needs to be reasonable and fit the crime. I hope the kid learns from his mistake and turns it all around for the better. I’m all about second chances. . . even third chances.

        GO GATORS!!!!!

        • gatorboi352 says:

          Can’t wait for the day when people that think like you, Michael Jones, and Ken (CA) are no longer polluting our society with your antiquated ways.

          How do you even bring yourself to root for the Gators, a team in Gainesville Florida one of the most liberal and diverse cities in the country?

          Better hurry back to your TV set, I think another episode of O’Reily Factor is about to start.

          • Michael Jones says:

            Ha ha. . you stoners sure can get riled up when someone starts messing with your stash. Listen, you know absolutely nothing about me or my political views. As I’ve tried to explain to Joe and now you, this has nothing to do with smoking pot. It has everything to do with following the law.

            I didn’t think that following the law was either liberal or conservative, or that people who recommend that scholarship athlete college teenage students follow the law were “polluting our society.” Or is it just that everyone who disagrees with you is polluting our society?

            Go eat another magic brownie and whatever other “natural thing that grows from the earth” that you believe in and calm down for pete’s sake, gatorboi. Geez, man, give peace a chance.

        • Joe says:

          If you read my previous post you can see the context for my response to your comments. Just because I do not share the same views as you does not mean I’m ridiculous, illogical or full of c%$^. I believe there is a slippery slope when looking at the issue of legality preceding the human need for growth and improvement especially with 18-22 year olds. My example on race was to show that we used to enforce laws which were immoral and to the detriment of society. I can provide many more examples of legality preceding basic human needs throughout the course of American history that have nothing to do with race. My point is the kid should not be punished harshly but should be given a chance to succeed. In that we agree. Please take a chance to read the comment posted by John Curtis, a law enforcement officer with 28 years of service, in response to the arrests that occur in Gainesville. It is linked to this story.

          Sincerely,
          The ridiculous, full of c^%$, illogical liberal clown

          • Joe says:

            BTW, my family suffered through racial discrimination, and regardless of your opinion, I am not belittling the struggle and suffering they went through and still go through in today’s society.

            • Michael Jones says:

              Everybody in this country gets victimized by racism almost every day. White people, black people, brown people, red people. . no one race, ethnicity or color holds the monopoly on either 1. being racist or 2. being a victim of racism.

              By the way, I looked up “drone:” a bee that doesn’t really have to work, he just has sex with the female bees. Thank you for the compliment but unfortunately that’s only half true.

  8. Steven says:

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..who cares

  9. Bret says:

    One and done – no place for selfish ‘mistakes’ when they negatively impact your team and school.

    • gatorboi352 says:

      Right. Let’s kick the kid off the team because he had a couple grams of a plant that grows from the earth on his person.

      • Michael Jones says:

        I was wondering where you were and when you would get on your pro-marijuana soap box. I know the personal sense of outrage that you feel when the police enforce laws that you don’t agree with.

        So marijuana is harmless because it grows from the earth? Just like the poppy plant (heroin) and coca leaves (cocaine)? They grow from the earth too. Are they harmless?

        Again, this isn’t an issue about how stoners feel about getting high. It’s about following the law while you are on scholarship. . not just the ones that you think should be enforced, Gatorboi.

        • gatorboi352 says:

          “Just like the poppy plant (heroin) and coca leaves (cocaine)? They grow from the earth too. Are they harmless?”

          Yes Michael, JUST LIKE heroin and cocaine. Because both of those grow from the earth and are unaltered whatsoever by man’s hands. *eye roll* Fantastic comparison.

          Every post, you are just making yourself appear even more ridiculous.

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