A day after news emerged that former Alabama Crimson Tide cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick had been arrested just after midnight Tuesday in Florida for possessing a small amount of marijuana, more details about the case have come out. Kirkpatrick was a passenger in a rental car driven by former Tide defensive back Chris Rogers, AL.com's Don Kausler, Jr. reports.
Both were released on $120 bond, with court dates set for Feb. 21. According to the report, Kirkpatrick admitted to being present when Rogers purchased drugs, but said he didn't know drugs had been bought. However, police reported that Kirkpatrick was under the influence of drugs at the time.
How this affects his NFL Draft standing remains to be seen, obviously. Last year, Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Ryan Mallett saw his stock plummet after questions about his drug use emerged, and there wasn't even an arrest to cite in his case. However, if Kirkpatrick accepts full responsibility and pledges he's learned his lesson, surely some sympathetic NFL general manager will find it in his heart to let one little old drug arrest slide.