According to a report from WATE in Knoxville, Tennessee star junior running back John Kelly and freshman linebacker Will Ignont were issued citations for marijuana possession on Tuesday night.
The report claims that Kelly and Ignont were in a vehicle together on Tuesday night and that Kelly was driving. The vehicle was pulled over during a traffic stop near 11th Street in Knoxville due to a headlight being out.
When Kelly rolled down the window, the officer claims the smell of marijuana wafted out of the vehicle.
A clear plastic bag of what appeared to be marijuana was found in the center console according to the report. The report states there were 4.6 grams of marijuana in the bag. Officers also found a glass pipe.
According to the report, neither player claimed ownership of the bag and pipe. Thus, both men were given a citation. Both were allowed to leave, however.
Kelly was cited for possession of a schedule 6 drug (a misdemeanor), not having a functioning headlight, and not having proof of insurance. Ignont was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Ignont’s charge is also a misdemeanor.
The University of Tennessee issued a statement on the matter via 247Sports:
Statement from #Vols on Kelly/Ignont: “We are aware of it and we are looking into it. That’s the only comment we will have at this time.”
— GoVols247 (@GoVols247) October 25, 2017
The Vols are preparing to play Kentucky this weekend in Lexington. It is unclear at this time if either player will face suspension or be handed any punishment from Tennessee’s coaching staff.
John Kelly is Tennessee’s leading rusher and has 615 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 125 attempts. He’s also caught 26 passes for 255 yards.
Will Ignont has appeared in four games this season and has totaled four tackles and a tackle for loss.