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Marijuana charges dismissed against Dre Kirkpatrick

Dre Kirkpatrick Arrested Football

In this booking image released by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is shown. Kirkpatrick, who is leaving school early to enter the NFL draft, was arrested early Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, in Bradenton, Fla., on a marijuana possession charge. An arrest report on the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office web site said Kirkpatrick was arrested at 12:48 a.m. and charged with possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana. He was released on $120 bond. (AP Photo/Manatee County Sheriff’s Office)


A projected top-25 pick in April’s draft, Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick’s stock appeared to take a hit when he was arrested on January 17 for marijuana possession.

But Kirkpatrick is off the hook. Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal reports that the charges against Kirkpatrick have been dismissed.

Based on this story, from the Tuscaloosa News, it sounds like Kirkpatrick’s friend, Chris Rogers, accepted blame for the presence of marijuana in a vehicle rented by Rogers. Rogers, a former teammate of Kirkpatrick’s at Alabama, was also arrested.

Per the incident report, Rogers admitted to police that he purchased the marijuana. Kirkpatrick admitted he was in the vehicle when the purchase was made, but claimed he did not specifically know of the purchase at that time.

We suspect the arrest will not affect Kirkpatrick’s 2012 NFL draft stock whatsoever.