MORGANTOWN, WV — Chicago Bears linebacker JT Thomas was arrested early Monday morning on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession following a traffic stop.
Thomas was reportedly speeding when police pulled him over just before 4 a.m. speeding the wrong way down a one-way street in Morgantown, W.V., home of the University of West Virginia, his alma mater. When Thomas was reaching into the glove compartment for his registration, police noticed two bags of marijuana.
Thomas was charged with misdemeanor possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana, which carries a punishment of 3-6 months in jail and up to a $1,000 in West Virginia. However, conviction of possession of less than 15 grams triggers an automatic conditional discharge, according to NORML.
Thomas was a star football player at UWV, and was the Bears’ sixth-round draft pick last year. Thomas sat out the 2011 NFL season with a back injury.
Thomas was in Morgantown as part of a tour, funded by his foundation to raise awareness and encourage those in the community to help children with epilepsy. As part of his visit, Thomas and some fellow former WVU players paid a visit to the Children’s Hospital.
Thomas gained national media attention for taking a disabled eighth grade girl in Morgantown, West Virginia to her 8th grade prom last May.