Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Panthers cut player after pot arrest

Lawrence Wilson

Connecticut linebacker Lawrence Wilson speaks with the media Monday, Dec. 27, 2010 at the team hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz. Connecticut will face Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt York)


There is a sliding scale of justice in the NFL.

If you are going to get arrested, make sure you are very talented. Teams will try to send a “message” about character if you aren’t good enough at football.

The Panthers did just that on Tuesday, cutting practice squad player Lawrence Wilson five days after he was caught driving with weed during the team’s bye week. Wilson was a sixth-round pick this year.

Wilson said Monday that coach Ron Rivera indicated he’d keep his spot on the team, but that only remained true for another day.

If Wilson was contributing more on the field, they would have likely looked the other way.