David Onyemata Cited For Marijuana Possession

Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata was recently cited for possession of marijuana, per Nick Underhill and Ramon Antonio Vargas of The New Orleans Advocate. Jefferson Parish (La.) prosecutors are unsure if they will formally charge Onyemata.

New Orleans selected Onyemata, a native of Nigeria, in the fourth round of the 2016 draft, and he has steadily improved his game during his first three seasons in the league. He played in almost 60% of the team’s defensive snaps in 2018 and compiled a career high 4.5 sacks to go along with 35 total tackles. He has appeared in all of the Saints’ regular season and playoff contests since he became a pro.

His early career is especially impressive considering he did not start playing football until 2011, when he arrived at the University of Manitoba. He said he picked up the game just to have something to do between classes, and now he is a regular on one of the league’s better clubs. The Saints were intrigued enough by his potential that they traded up in the 2016 draft to acquire him, and they have thus far gotten a solid return on their investment

Onyemata is entering the final year of his rookie contract, so this citation comes at something of an inopportune time. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating a package that was seized by U.S. Customs & Border Protection personnel in Buffalo, New York, on January 28, and it obtained a search warrant for Onyemata’s apartment the following day. Deputies ultimately seized three ounces of marijuana, cannabis oil, marijuana edibles, and hemp powder.

Even if Onyemata escapes legal repercussions, he could still face disciplinary action from the league. With Sheldon Rankins working his way back from an Achilles injury suffered during the playoffs, and with Tyeler Davison a free agent, New Orleans could be a little thin along the defensive line to start the 2019 campaign.

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15 comments on “David Onyemata Cited For Marijuana Possession

  1. Ironman_4life

    Stupid. Here you can have bags of weed and the cops wont even ask about it.

    • Sheep8

      Sure, but I am sure wherever “here” is still cannot have cannabis shipped to you in the mail or imported to you!

      • Ironman_4life

        Santa Cruz California and I believe it can only be mailed to you if you have a valid medical card. The laws are so confusing because they vary by federal state city county and municipality and it gets kind of confusing

  2. iamoldboy

    What a bad boy! Stick to the legal booze, cigarettes, pain killers, and sugar, fool.

  3. MiserablePadreFan

    It’s sad to see players succumb to their inner demons with rampant marijuana abuse. Wish he would have just stuck to his bottle of opioids – which are much safer than the devil’s THC.

  4. TheTruth12

    The fact that he’s probably gonna get a 4 game suspension is a joke. The NFL needs to stop living in the past, if he’s not putting others lives at risk, showing up to games and practices high, or getting high during practice or games who cares?

  5. jeremy

    With more and more states making it legal. Who care as long as they aren’t abusing it and letting it effect their game. Than what the big deal

  6. Wade Herbers

    Shouldn’t have a job. Many people like me would lose their job with ONE illegal drug arrest or ONE positive drug test. He makes a lot of money playing a game.

    • troll_smasher

      It’s just Too bad NFL players aren’t like “Many” the people you speak of. Maybe if you were one of the top 1500-1600 in all of the world in your profession, you would have more leeway to smoke weed and at worst, receive a suspension. I’m sorry if you’re just more expendable than NFL players, but that’s just a product of supply & demand. Haters gonna Hate, though.

  7. CubsRebsSaints

    Would be a great season to have a 1st round pick with all the D-Line talent

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