After police asked Holmes about the smell, Holmes pulled out three marijuana "cigars" and handed them to the officers. Hey, might as well get right to it if you're caught red-handed. Officers charged Holmes with one misdemeanor count of possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was given a summons to court and released.
Now while this would be Holmes's first time being busted as a pro, he does have two previous scrapes with the law that could work against him if Goodell decides to suspend him.
The good news is that Holmes has a great character witness in Sgt. James Vogel of the Pittsburgh Police Department. Here's what Vogel said about Holmes.
“We wouldn't expect a steelworker to be laid off or suspended without pay,” said Vogel. “I wouldn't expect a police officer, firefighter or a member of the Steelers.”
That last part by Vogel there may be one of the funniest things I've ever read. So it's totally cool if a firefighter or cop smokes some reefer and gets caught. Just don't do it in an official work vehicle. Do it in your own car instead.
I'd have to think Vogel was told to never talk to the media again after this story appeared. Either that or praised for trying to ensure that Santonio will be catching passes on Sunday.
Anyhow, we'll see what Goodell does. He does have the authority to suspend Holmes for up to 4 games, which would obviously be a major loss for the Steelers.
Also, just a question, but why in the heck is a guy puffing weed less than 72 hours before a huge game? You know what, I shouldn't even ask.
Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes pulled over, hands officer blunts [WPXI] via [Fanohouse]