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Jason Hatcher charged with drug trafficking

Jason Hatcher’s off the field troubles continue with his arrest for drug trafficking over the weekend.

The Kentucky football linebacker and former Trinity High School star was arrested following a traffic stop and charged with trafficking marijuana (8 oz to < 5 lbs), tampering with physical evidence and drug paraphernalia.

Sadly the news isn’t all that shocking considering Hatcher’s past. The guy just can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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46 Comments for Jason Hatcher charged with drug trafficking



  1. PAK
    10:05 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    just pissed his life away.



  2. Sin The
    10:12 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Another one of Trinity’s finest dealing in drugs. He should have gone to Louisville so that he could do this kind of business with his buddy Quick.



    • Rsn2GoBlu
      2:46 pm February 22, 2016 Permalink

      Not sure if that is supposed to be a knock on Trinity, but both my son’s went to Trinity and got a damn good degree. My oldest son decided to enlist in the military in order to serve his country. My youngest son just made fall honors at UK. For both I say thank you Trinity for the quality education and values that were taught to them. There are several D1 football players at Trinity right now. You look like a fool (and not appreciated by Stoops and staff) if you want to continue to bash Trinity players.



  3. Cat68
    10:13 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Sounds like the Cards just got a DE.



  4. G_Money
    10:13 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Very sad. Great potential athlete – blew it totally. Possession of a few buds is no big deal, but that much is just nuts. And of course, Lexington’s Hitler Youth (the cops) would never look the other way for a UK student.



    • Nerds
      10:22 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      So your line of thinking is that the campus police should have “looked the other way”? According to you, if they make the arrest they’re too harsh, but if they don’t make the arrest, the cops are corrupt and not doing their job. How does law enforcement win with a person like you?



    • PAK
      10:55 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      I believe the arrest was in Frankfort and he was stopped for speeding.



    • Kat 308
      10:57 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      They never win with a guy like him because it is always someone else’s fault. This is sad news this guy had the potential to make millions, but gave it up in order to possible make a couple thousand now.



  5. G_Money
    10:14 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Im sure Petrino and Jurich have already called him.



  6. ekywildcat
    10:19 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    He won’t go to UL, they already have three better than him.



  7. CATandMONKEY
    10:20 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Gotta go this time. Too bad brains and judgement are not always commensurate with talent. Smoking weed is one thing. Dealing is stupid. Motherscratching stupid when you are in his position. Hope he can eventually get his poop in a group.



    • Kelkat
      10:57 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      The trafficking charged comes from the amount that he had on his possession. Trafficking doesn’t mean he was actually out selling drugs. If you have over a certain amount they considered it trafficking even if it’s for personal use. Anyhow…just plain stupid on his part.



    • Kat 308
      10:59 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      doesn’t matter Kelkat. I am really upset for this kid though.



    • theWilkman
      11:36 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      What else does he have that much on him for unless he’s bringing it back to the dorms for the whole team to enjoy? There’s no need to have that much for personal use.



    • Chip Chipperson
      11:50 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      Went to high school with the kid thought he was growing out of it, what and absolute shame.



  8. chardun20
    10:24 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    What an idiot.



  9. BigUkfan68
    10:30 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Eh, he seems like he’s the only one who’s getting caught. About 20% of the football team deals. It’s nothing new. Years ago, Matt Roark was one of the biggest ones in Lexington. Jason just isn’t good at hiding it. Nothing new here.



    • ukbradstith
      10:35 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      Pretty sure 2 out of 10 uk football players aren’t drug dealers. Users maybe, probably why we suck.



    • theWilkman
      11:38 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      Just as many if not more partake at every other school. No bearing on athletic ability or performance. Remember Michael Phelps?



  10. tribialbert
    10:31 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Pretty sad news for his life moving forward. Was always rumored to have been into dealing around Louisville for quite some time.



  11. blueballs80
    10:35 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    No way Stoops keeps him around after this. He has pissed away his future. Perhaps being a football player and a role model was too much to ask. Please go get some help and turn your life around.



  12. macsauce13
    10:39 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    UNREAL. What a MORON. Had NFL talent and potential and completely pissed it away. Maybe this explains a lot about his performance last season.



  13. BluKudzu
    10:40 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    This really should not be news. This guy has been doing this since his days at Trinity, and has been disciplined more than once for his drug activities off the field. He should have been cut loose a long time ago, after his first, second, or third time of his involvement in this. Then this would not be a headline.
    We as fans at UK have no right to point fingers at other football programs and call them thugs and criminals. We have two in the last few days that have done as bad or worse as anybody else.
    The difference? They are winning and we are not.
    We are back to the 2 and 9 season jokes again. (2 kicked off and 9 on probation) Living in Louisville as a UK football fan is no fun. Already catching hell. Stoops needs to get control of these knuckleheads. Too many head cases. He brought them here.



    • RealCatsFan
      11:50 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      Ha! UofL fans should have NO ammunition with the dumpster fire going on with their basketball program and now the latest sex scandal allegations concerning their former football coach.



  14. VulcanEar
    10:42 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Marijuana is not a drug. This draconian racist law ruins yet another life.



    • BigUkfan68
      10:47 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      It’s nothing compared to cocaine or any other heavy drug, and it will get legalized soon. However, for the time being, the law is the law.



    • BluKudzu
      11:21 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      Racist law? I think all races are subject to this law. I don’t know, but I am sure he did not get busted for trafficking due to race, I think it was due to possession in the amount that classified him as such. There are plenty of representatives of every race, serving time for the same thing.
      It may be draconian in nature, I will agree, but I can’t agree it is racist.



    • RM
      11:23 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      False. A drug is any substance that alters your body’s normal function. Of which marijuana does. And, let me go ahead and blow you mind a little more, antiperspirant is technically considered a drug.



    • theWilkman
      11:40 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      I think what VulcanEar was getting at is that the vast majority of drug arrests are of minorities, even though (by definition) they are a smaller percentage of the population. All the while, drug use remains equal as a percentage across all races. While the law itself isn’t racist, it’s implementation is.



    • jaknfo90
      11:41 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      Racist? You must be high! That is one of the goofiest things I’ve read all day.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      11:49 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      This is about the law and obeying it. The subject matter of the law is irrelevant to whether it’s wrong to obey it. That only becomes important in efforts to actually change the law. Merely disagreeing with a law is not a license to break it. The end result of that is total lawlessness and anarchy. Maybe one guy thinks rape is okay. And another thinks murder is okay. Where does it end?



  15. RadioshackGreg
    10:46 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Trinity has that stereotype for a reason



  16. DREWBLUE
    10:46 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Another product of Trinity Football Academy.



  17. Glenn Fohr
    10:54 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Gotta be gone now.



  18. UKBlue1
    10:57 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Jason Hatcher The poster child of you can’t fix stupid



  19. Bomb Grade
    10:59 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Possession of this amount of weed, can get you 2 years prison in Colorado.. He is screwed…



    • Booby Petrino
      11:07 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      lol well okay but what does that have to do with KY? I think he should be concerned with KY law, not CO.



    • Bomb Grade
      11:21 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      The laws in Colorado are lax compared to Kentucky. He is facing a felony charge, 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The felony charge alone will be enough to ruin the rest of his life.



  20. LongTimeReader
    11:05 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    I would have been shocked if it was anyone else. A guy that has potential, but hasn’t come class to it since arriving at UK. On a positive note, glad this happened in February and not in June or July.



  21. Mathlete
    11:19 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Dumb, dumb move by Hatcher. He’s gone from UK for sure, probably ends up down I-64 in red.

    Side note – Is it me, or is Hatcher an example of an outstanding argument for why paying college athletes something (even if it’s not more than a few hundred a month in a stipend for living expenses)? Would he have bothered with dealing if he had enough to live on? How many other kids have gotten in trouble for doing things that are outside the law because they needed the money?

    I don’t know Hatcher’s story personally, or how he paid for his education at Trinity (football scholarship, I assume?), but there are too many preventable stories of kids who did terrible things because they felt like they had no other options.



    • Bomb Grade
      11:24 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      In my experience which is vast, if he is dealing weed, he is probably dealing other drugs as well.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      11:51 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      For people who want to deal drugs, a stipend would only increase their “seed money” for their side-business.



  22. blueballs80
    11:46 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Bobby Petrino says: come on down to UL son. You will fit well in here.



  23. RealCatsFan
    11:54 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Pot is generally pretty benign as far as recreational drugs are concerned, but it IS possible to become addicted to the herb, and it CAN kill your ambition to succeed. Furthermore, it can also become a gateway drug for harder stuff. That being said, the great majority of kids who experiment or occasionally partake of weed will be fine, but like alcohol, there is that subset who might have an addictive personality who get in trouble with it. I have known of several friends who basically pissed their lives away after getting hooked on pot (and other drugs).



  24. [email protected]
    3:44 pm February 22, 2016 Permalink

    How could anyone consider this story a negative about Trinity?



    • UK Fan In Nashville
      5:32 pm February 22, 2016 Permalink

      Probably because of Nick Petrino also coming from Trinity and also getting busted for possession.