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Steelers' Justin Layne Heard Discussing Firearm, Blunt in Arrest Video

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 24, 2021

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Justin Layne (31) during NFL football practice, Friday, May 10, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Justin Layne was heard discussing a firearm and a blunt in video from his arrest Friday.

In the footage obtained by TMZ Sports, Layne says in a phone call from the back of a patrol car that he's "nervous as f--k" and that the police officers "might get me for the pistol." He also says: "They acting like I got some drugs. I got one blunt!"

Per Royce Jones of KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Layne was arrested in Lake County, Ohio, on charges of driving under suspension, speeding and having a firearm in his vehicle.

Willoughby Hills Police Chief Matthew Naegele said Layne was stopped around 1:30 a.m. local time for driving 89 mph in a 60 mph zone. The 23-year-old had a warrant out for failing to appear in court for a separate traffic violation, and his license was suspended.

Officers searched the vehicle after reportedly smelling marijuana and seeing residue in the car. They discovered a loaded handgun in the center console.

"We are aware of the incident but still gathering information," the Steelers said in a statement, via ESPN's Ben Baby. "We will have no further comment at this time."

Layne, who is from Cleveland, was a third-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2019. He has appeared in 26 games over the past two seasons.

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