In a season of turmoil on the field, the struggles extended off the field for the Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling, who was arrested early Friday morning on misdemeanor marijuana charges. As Snelling addressed the media for the first time on Monday night, he issued an apology for his actions.
“I just want to start off first apologizing to my family, my teammates and my coaches for the actions that followed me this past weekend,” Snelling said. “Also want to apologize to our owner, Arthur Blank, and our general manager, Thomas Dimitroff, and our head coach, coach [Mike] Smith, for my actions. I made a mistake and I’m very apologetic about it. And I’m ready to move forward from it.”
After a cop pulled over Snelling’s SUV following a traffic stop, as they noticed the SUV weaving across lanes, the cops smelled marijuana and also determined that Snelling did not have a valid driver’s license or insurance for that matter. Later, the cops discovered that Snelling possessed less than one ounce of marijuana, along with the drug paraphernalia.
The troubled seventh-year veteran also indicated that it was his decision to not be with the Falcons this past Sunday, as he believed it was the best decision for himself at that time.
“Ultimately, I had to make the best decision for myself and for my family,” Snelling said. “Under the circumstances, there’s nothing more that I wanted to do than be with my team.
Despite the legal issue, his teammates have been very supportive of Snelling and can’t wait to have him back on the field playing football again. The NFL league has been made aware of the current situation and will most likely review Snelling’s case.