Former Texas running back D’Onta Foreman was arrested early Sunday by university police and charged with having a small amount of marijuana and a handgun, according to police records.
However, the Houston Texans rookie says that he told police about his legally-owned handgun before officers searched his car, that the marijuana belonged to a friend and that he would submit to a drug test to prove his innocence.
Foreman’s arrest came just 10 days before the Doak Walker Award winner from Texas City is scheduled to start training camp with his hometown NFL team.
“We are confident this matter will be resolved justly once the state of Texas applies the applicable law to the facts,” Foreman’s Austin-based attorney Sam Bassett said in a statement.
According to the University of Texas Police Department, officers responded to a report about a smell of marijuana smell 12:24 a.m. Sunday. The smell was coming from “three occupied vehicles near the southwest side of San Jacinto residence hall on campus,” UTPD spokeswoman Cindy Posey said. “Officers arrived on the scene (and) discovered marijuana in each vehicle and also discovered a firearm in one of them.
“The owner of the firearm, D’Onta Foreman, was arrested for unlawful carrying of weapons and possession of marijuana and booked into Travis County jail,” Posey added. “Six other male suspects were cited and released for possession of marijuana.
“None of them are UT students and they are not believed to have UT affiliations.”
According to jail records, Foreman was taken into custody just before 3 a.m. and was out around noon.
Posey and multiple Texas sources confirmed to the American-Statesman that none of the other six individuals are current UT players.
The Texans issued a statement saying the team was aware of a “situation involving D’Onta Foreman. We are gathering additional information and will have no further comment.”
Bassett contacted the Statesman about 1:45 p.m. with a statement on Foreman’s behalf that acknowledged the arrest.
“He had traveled to Austin to visit friends,” Foreman’s statement said. “As he was leaving their residence, he was approached by police. Prior to a search of his vehicle, D’Onta alerted the officer that he had a handgun inside of his vehicle. This legal handgun was recently purchased by D’Onta and registered in his name.”
The gun was properly secured as required by law, according to the statement.
“A passenger in D’Onta’s vehicle was in possession of marijuana,” the statement continued. “D’Onta did not use or possess the marijuana. Upon making his bond, he will submit to a urinalysis to confirm he has not used marijuana.”
It’s unclear how the Texans or NFL will view all of this. The league is notorious for handing out uneven punishments. Foreman, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards at UT last season, was a third-round pick by the Texans.
Foreman’s statement commended the professionalism of the officers involved both in his arrest and booking into the Travis County jail. Bond for the unlawful carrying of a weapon charge was $3,500, and bond for marijuana possession of two ounces or less was $1,000.
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