Missouri LB suspended for marijuana possession
Sept. 27, 2004
SportsLine.com wire reports
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri starting linebacker David Richard has been suspended from Saturday's Big 12 game against Colorado.
Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that Richard, who was arrested earlier this month for alleged marijuana possession, was suspended "for disciplinary reasons."
Richard, 21, was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Sept. 11, Columbia police Capt. Marvin McCrary confirmed Monday. Police, dispatched to a report of a party in an off-campus neighborhood, heard loud music coming from a parked car, a 1999 Dodge Intrepid registered to Richard.
Officers found Richard and another man in the vehicle, along with a suspected marijuana cigarette and a small bag of suspected marijuana, according to the police report.
Both men were arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession.
The second suspect was not a football player, McCrary said.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol lab was testing the contents of the cigarette and bag to confirm if it was marijuana, and no charges have been filed.
Pinkel said Monday that Richard will be replaced Saturday by fellow sophomore Marcus Bacon.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Richard is in his first season at Missouri. He started three games and had six tackles. During Missouri's Sept 18. game against Ball State -- the first after his arrest -- Richard started but did not play much the rest of the game.
Richard began his college career at Michigan State as a tailback, leading the Spartans in rushing with 654 yards in 2002. He transferred to Missouri after that season and sat out last year as a transfer with three years of eligibility remaining.
Pinkel moved Richard to linebacker during the offseason.
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Re: Missouri LB suspended for marijuana possession
What is happening at Mizzou? First, the basketball team becomes UNLV East, now the football team?