Pot Doubles Penn State Player’s Probation
Navorro Bowman, one of Penn State’s star linebackers, received an additional year of probation after he admitted to smoking marijuana while on probation for his involvement with a fight that occurred in State College in 2007.
Bowman said in court that he used marijuana shortly before Penn State’s 38-24 Rose Bowl loss to USC and also used it again in early April or late March.
OK, so Bowman shouldn’t have been smoking while on probation, but doubling it for a little pot? Really?
Assistant District Attorney Steve Sloane was only asking for a six-month extension of the probation. However, Judge Bradley Lunsford had another idea.
“Am I the only person in this courtroom who thinks smoking marijuana on probation is wrong?” Lunsford said during the sentencing.
Even though he’s probably not the only person to think that smoking marijuana while on probation is a bad idea, he didn’t have to be such a dick about it. Lunsford extended Bowman’s probation by a full year.
Bowman explained to the court that he has been under a lot of emotional pressure since both his father and his coach died in late 2008. He wasn’t endangering anyone by smoking marijuana. He also said this:
“Everyone around me has drugs in my life… I hate going home. When I go home, I want to be in State College.”
The Judge gave a reporter this quote about the sentencing…
“My concern is if I accept the reason or excuse (referring to marijuana usage) doesn’t that set the precedent for anyone who comes before a court to say, ‘Your honor, I got in a fight last night and broke a man’s jaw, but I was under a lot of stress. I’m sorry.’ “
Is breaking a man’s jaw comprable to smoking marijuana?
Is the extension fair?