Houston Texans receiver Jaelen Strong was arrested for marijuana possession on Sunday but was released from jail without being formally charged, reports the Associated Press.
Strong, 22, was riding in Packers cornerback Damarious Randall’s Maserati when police pulled over the vehicle for not having a visible license plate. When police approached the vehicle they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and Strong admitted to being in possession of the drug, according to police spokesman Kevin Watts.
Randall and a third passenger were released at the scene, ESPN reports.
Texans general manager Rick Smith released a statement addressing the incident on Monday.
“We are disappointed in the choices Jaelen made to put himself in this situation,” Smith said. “We will have no further comment at this time.”
Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins, 23, told ESPN he spoke with Strong after the incident to give him advice.
“I think it’s something that he can learn from to make him a better person on and off the field,” Hopkins said. “I talked to him and I told him that plenty of people that went on to be great football players after making decisions like this in life, so don’t get down and use this for motivation to come out and be a better person and player.
“I think he listened. He’s a very intelligent young man. I definitely don't see him having any more troubles off the field against. He’s definitely learned from his mistakes.”
The Texans selected Strong in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft. He played in 10 games with one start for Houston last season, logging 161 yards on 13 catches with three touchdowns.
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