Nick Fairley: Detroit Lions DT Arrested for Possession of Marijuana

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IApril 3, 2012


Detroit Lions defensive lineman Nick Fairley was arrested for possession of marijuana in Mobile, Alabama on Monday. 

Izzy Gould of the Sun Sentinel tweeted out the news and provided a link to the mug shot:

Detroit Lions DT (former Auburn star) Nick Fairley was arrested in Mobile at 12:30 p.m. on 2nd degree marijuana possession...

— Izzy Gould (@IzzyGould) April 3, 2012

Mark R. Kent of the Press Register added some more details of the arrest:

Fairley, 24, was held at the jail on $1,000 bail. Mobile police spokeswoman Ashley Rains said that citizens in the Morningside Manor neighborhood of Mobile, a subdivision west of Navco Road, called police complaining about a car speeding through the neighborhood several times about noon.

Police spotted the vehicle, which was being driven by Fairley, about 12:30 p.m., and marijuana was found in the football player's possession, Rains said. No one else was arrested with Fairley, she said.

After being selected No. 13 in last year's draft, Fairley had a disappointing rookie season for the Lions. He recorded just 15 tackles and one sack. Fairley was only able to play in 10 games after undergoing surgery on his foot last summer. 

Per ESPN's Kevin Seifert, the Lions had high hopes that a full and healthy season would produce the dominant lineman they thought they were drafting. This is not the best start. 

Update: Monday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET

The Detroit Lions have issued a statement, which comes to us via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press:

We are aware of the incident involving Nick Fairley. We hold all of our players to a high standard of behavior, and the recent charges against Nick and Mikel Leshoure are not consistent with those standards. We are extremely disappointed. We will continue to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.