Update on Chicago Bears LB J.T. Thomas: marijuana, traffic charges

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Chicago Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas got picked up by police in West Virginia a couple days ago after they caught him driving the wrong way down a one-way street and found marijuana in his car. He was charged on misdemeanor drug possession.

“We are aware of the arrest of J.T. Thomas in Morgantown, WV. We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the arrest,” the Chicago Bears said in a statement released Monday.

According to the AP:

The officer who pulled him over detected the odor of marijuana, Preston said, and when Thomas retrieved information the officer had requested from the glove box, small plastic bags with marijuana fell out.

Thomas appeared in magistrate court for an initial arraignment and was released on his own recognizance.

It’s unclear whether he has an attorney, but Preston said he did not have one in court.

Thomas was a rookie for the Bears in 2011 and spent the season on injured reserve.

The Bears said they were aware of the arrest and were trying to learn more about what happened.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native was a three-year starter at West Virginia.

He was in town with some former Mountaineer teammates over the weekend to visit WVU Children’s Hospital and to host a fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation.

This presents the first challenge for new Bears GM Phil Emery- how does he handle the incident internally in Halas Hall; regardless of how the legal authorities handle the situation.

 

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