Linebacker Jonathan Newsome was arrested at approximately 2 a.m. ET Wednesday morning in Zionsville, Indiana, on two counts of marijuana possession. Newsome was a member of the Indianapolis Colts at the time of the arrest, but the Colts announced on Monday that he was waived.
Newsome was quick to post a statement on Twitter:
I would like to thank Coach Pagano, Ryan Grigson, Jim Irsay and the entire Colts organization for the opportunity of a life time.— Jonathan Newsome (@JNEW_11) February 22, 2016
I learned alot during my time here in Indianapolis, becoming a better football player and person. I have made mistakes, but ive grown.— Jonathan Newsome (@JNEW_11) February 22, 2016
Somethings happen and I cant question God and his plan. Bottom line you have to stay the course and pray about it but never worry about it.— Jonathan Newsome (@JNEW_11) February 22, 2016
Thanks again to all of Coltsnation for rockin with me! This wont be the last time you see J New....— Jonathan Newsome (@JNEW_11) February 22, 2016
CBS 4's Matt Adams reported the news on Feb. 17, indicating Newsome initially drew police to his apartment due to a noise complaint for playing loud music. Newsome was cooperative, according to the report, and he was transported to Boone County Jail following his arrest.
FOX59 News provided an image of Newsome's mugshot:
The 25-year-old was a product of Cleveland's renowned Glenville High School and finished his college career at Ball State before being brought to Indianapolis as a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
After posting a team-high 6.5 sacks to go with four forced fumbles during his rookie campaign, Newsome's production fell off in 2015, as he recorded only one sack in 14 contests.
About.com's Will Reeve, citing Pro Football Focus, highlighted how Indy's edge players had a hard time in general producing this past season:
The Colts tied for 22nd with 32 team sacks, were 25th in scoring defense and 26th in total yards allowed. Their front seven is largely bereft of top-tier talent or players in their prime.
General manager Ryan Grigson already needed to address that area of Indianapolis' roster but will have to add further insurance in light of Newsome's off-field misstep and subsequent departure. Much of the Colts' issues en route to an 8-8 record this past year stemmed from quarterback Andrew Luck's injury-riddled season, but their defense needs upgrades almost across the board.