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Louisville’s Jaylen Johnson pleads guilty to marijuana possession

Louisville’s Jaylen Johnson appeared in Woodford County court earlier this week where he pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing the ol’ marijuana plant. The judge handed Johnson a fine of $260.50 to be paid by April 24, according to LEX 18.

When asked about his player’s weed charge, Rick Pitino said something along the lines of, “Jaylen Johnson is the best forward I’ve coached since Jamal Mashburn.” (I’m completely guessing there but it sounds like something he would say.)

Johnson threw his name in the draft after his team’s season ended (in the second round as a No. 2 seed, I might add) but he did not hire an agent. He is currently projected to hear his name called around the same time mine and yours is called on draft night.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

29 Comments for Louisville’s Jaylen Johnson pleads guilty to marijuana possession

  1. JusSayin
    3:54 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

    One thing Cal doesn’t get enough credit for is never having these kinds of problems. Even when he gets guys that other people claim are of “questionable character” like Wall and Cousins they pretty much end up being model citizens.

    The Willis incident is the only thing I can remember. Dodson I guess still counts too even though he left.

    • KYcats11
      3:59 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

      very very true

    • blackmilk23
      4:21 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

      I would also point out that alot of our guys were perceived to have character issues BECAUSE they committed to play for Cal.

      Cousins is a hot head but he’s never been an off the court problem.

      John Wall acted out in middle school after his dad died. And got in trouble for going into a vacant house with a girl.

      ESPN blasted it around the web as “Calipari commit has breaking and entering record” or something like that. Technically true but it leaves out the context that it was essentially trespassing. They made it sound like robbery. #media

  2. secrick
    4:02 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

    Once again i will ask is Louisville the dirtiest program in the NCAA?

    • catsarerunnin
      4:22 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

      It’s just a little weed so relax – The NCAA
      Just a few players having fun with some strippers so relax – The NCAA

      5:02 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

      Absolutely. Tom Jurich is a damn crime boss. They literally dealt in human trafficking. Set up Phony LLC accounts to embezzle money. Dorms are like a drug infested Sodom and Gomorrah. Jurich will be one day remembered as the worst, most selfish cheating piece of garbage that ever ran an athletic department. Perfect for UL fans.

  3. blueballs80
    4:19 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

    Just another normal day in the ville. Between strippers and weed what else can you expect?

  4. Peas and Carrots
    4:19 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

    It’s a disgrace that KSR felt the need to post this and commenters jumped on board to condemn a kid for possession of a plant that is legal in 29 states. This doesn’t speak at all to the character of this young man, only a reminder of the hypocrisy of our legal system and the fact that Kentucky remains behind the times.

    I’m sure no one here has ever smoked pot, nor would they consider themselves a criminal or morally corrupt if they did. Let’s not talk about Hemp either because legalizing that could have invaluable economic effects for our state. Happy 4/20 everyone!

    • catsarerunnin
      4:23 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

      Thank you Bill Clinton

    • donjohnson
      4:27 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

      You are missing the point. You are correct most here have probably smoked. However you play high level college ball you have to know better……and if you must be smart and go hide and smoke. Time and place.

    • JusSayin
      4:28 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

      Is Kentucky one of the states the plant is legal in?

      If not then a school that gives you an athletic scholarship reserves the right to ask you not to break the law.

      This is not enough to call him morally bankrupt or anything but we make fun of people for less than this on this same blog everyday. Just because this is your pet issue doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it.

      I think prostitution should be legal. I don’t mind people slandering UofL for hiring them though.

    • catsarerunnin
      4:29 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

      “High level” was an interesting choice of words considering but I totally agree.

    • rickwhitetx
      4:41 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

      It is irrelevant whether it is legal in 29 other states (and I don’t think that number is accurate if you’re stating recreational use) or not. It is illegal in Kentucky. As mentioned by JusSayin, prostitution is illegal in Kentucky, but legal in Nevada. So, should we all just go out and hire prostitutes because the rest of the country is behind the times? The law is the law. Break it and there are consequences. I don’t know how old you are “Peas and Carrots”, but a big problem with a lot of younger people these days is they do not fear the consequences of their actions; therefore, no discipline.

    • Laker Cat 18
      4:57 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

      I’ve never smoked pot. Not once. It’s not hard to turn down the opportunity. With that said, maybe he should have chosen to play at a school in one of those “29 states” you mentioned.

    • Peas and Carrots
      5:18 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

      @ Laker Cat 18 I’m a gun owner. Should i not be allowed to own one because others choose not too?

    • Peas and Carrots
      5:16 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

      I agree that as a college athlete maybe he could’ve have been “smarter” and hid smoking marijuana well enough to not get caught, but that is not the point. The point is the illegality of marijuana in Kentucky (and the remaining states that enforce it) is an ineffective and antiquated law.

      I don’t know how old you are “rickehitetx” but I’d like to hear a first person perspective about how the prohibition of alcohol went. You know with with all the fear of consequences and discipline in your generation.

      Not sure how we got to prostitutes, but sure whatever floats your boat. Guns, drugs, and prostitutes, Legalize and regulate everything and keep the government out of our personal lives. And ya know Go Big Blue!

    • catsarerunnin
      5:36 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

      The whole country is goin to pot.

    • Mathlete
      7:16 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

      It’s one of those deals where even if it were legal it would still be against his agreement with the school. For example – NFL players in Seattle and Denver live in places where marijuana is perfectly legal for recreational use, but their agreement with the NFL says they still won’t use it.

      An example a little closer to home for most of us comes from Asbury college in Wilmore: even though it’s perfectly legal for anyone old enough to go, they’ve agreed contractually that as part of their acceptance to the school they won’t have premarital sex as long as they’re students. (They may or may not follow it but that’s the deal they made)

  5. Mathlete
    4:24 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

    How did the judge come to the total of $260.50 for possession? That’s an oddly specific amount for one, and for another misses the opportunity to charge him $420 instead

    5:17 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

    UL fans response, everyone does it. Just like hookers and embezzlement.

  7. fatbrat
    5:48 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

    Any weed charge is a joke…

  8. blueballs80
    9:30 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

    The question lies if pot is affecting his ability to perform. If pot gets in your way of life just like alcohol then that’s the issue. I have no problems with people puffin the ganj otherwise. Our bent out of shape politicians sure could use some.

  9. Witnessedd
    11:27 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

    It’s only weed. Calm down the kid is fine.

  10. BiasedBigfoot
    3:49 pm April 20, 2017 Permalink

    Nothing positive comes from recreational weed. (Maybe it has some useful MEDICINAL purposes). Just cause it’s getting popular doesn’t mean it’s a wise decision to legalize it. That is unless you believed that most humans are inherently good (ha ha).

  11. UkfanMatt
    4:10 pm April 20, 2017 Permalink

    The issue here isn’t necessarily if it should or should not be legalized. The issue is, he chose to break a law, whether we agree with that law or not. Personally, I don’t agree with the seat belt law. However, I wear mine because I don’t want to pay the consequence (fine) for breaking the law. If he has an agreement with the university to not break any laws, whether they be violations or misdemeanors, his own views on those laws do not really matter.