Nick Fairley was just one of three Lions players to be charged on marijuana related incidents. In 3 months.
The Lions organization has had three marijuana related incidents since January, all of which have yet to addressed by Roger Goodell.
Johnny Culbreath was charged for the possession of marijuana on January 23rd after a hotel clerk at the Country Inn and Suites had reported to the police that a hotel guest had been smoking marijuana. When the police arrived, they viewed a surveillance video of Culbreath putting something into a drawer in the hallway.
When asked what Culbreath put into the drawer, he replied "two blunts." When police checked the drawer, they found a small bag of pot. Following the arrest, Culbreath paid a $412 fine (according to the Times and Democrat).
On April 2nd, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported that running back for the Lions. Mikel Leshoure, had been charged twice in less than a month for marijuana related charges. On February 18th, Leshoure was stopped by police while with a friend, and as the police approached the car witnessed him attempting to eat the marijuana. Leshoure was told to spit out the marijuana, and complied. More had also fallen down the front of his shirt as detailed in the police report.
Following this incident, Leshoure appeared in court on March 1st and pleaded to a lesser charge of consumption of marijuana, as well as paid a $485 fine.
Again on March 12th, Leshoure was charged in Michigan after another incident with marijuana and is facing a charge of possession of marijuana/second offense which is a felony and can carry a punishment of up to two years in prison.
Finally, we come to Nick Fairley, the Lions 2011 first-round draft pick. The day after news of Mikel Leshoure's legal troubles, Nick Fairley was arrested and charged in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama on a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge.
Now, Fairley and Culbreath's incidents most likely won't receive a suspension but Leshoure's very well could. The bigger issue here is the view it casts on the Lions organization. Anytime an organization has three players in the span of three months arrested for drugs, it never bodes well.
Ironically enough, all three players were picks by the Lions in the 2011 NFL draft. Maybe they should put a bit more time into researching players' characters.