I Thought It Was 2019, But Saints' David Onyemata Received A Citation For Marijuana Possession After Tipped Off Police Raided His Apartment
TheAdvocate- New Orleans Saints defender David Onyemata was given a misdemeanor citation accusing him of illegally possessing marijuana in his Elmwood apartment late last month, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Earlier in the year, a Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigator received tip “that a quantity of marijuana products” were going to be at an apartment in the 5300 block of Citrus Boulevard, agency Capt. Jason Rivarde said. The agent considered the tip reliable and secured a warrant to search the apartment, which turned out to be Onyemata’s and was raided Jan. 29.
The Sheriff’s Office found marijuana, cannabis oil, marijuana edibles and hemp powder the Tuesday of the search, Rivarde said. Onyemata, whose first name is Ebuka, “was cooperative” with investigators and received a summons to appear in court at a later date, according to Rivarde.
The Sheriff's Office believes the marijuana and other items were for Onyemata's personal use, Rivarde said. But in Louisiana, possessing marijuana is illegal except in rare circumstances that the Sheriff's Office said didn't apply in this case.
League discipline for marijuana possession varies, though a positive drug test typically results in a four-game suspension.
This story legitimately confounds me six ways to Sunday. So much so that I can't even direct my ire at David Onyemata for tempting the fate of a failed drug test from an idiotic league that derives far more joy from handing out suspensions for the use of medically beneficial drugs than the objective person derived from watching its sham of a Super Bowl. I don't know what the NFL's penalty is for possessing a reasonable amount of pot, instead of pissing the remnence of its internal presence into a cup, but I can't even begin to care with how confounding the other circumstances regarding this story seem.
I want to be mad, because the worst case scenario is that depth in the middle of the Saints' d-line could be incredibly depleted to start next season, seeing as Sheldon Rankins will still be on the shelf and Tyeler Davison is set to be a free agent. Unfortunately, I just keep circling back trying to answer the same damn question before I get to the anger stage. That question, of course, being...huh?
First and foremost, marijuana being illegal within sniffing distance of the city limits where you could be a plastic cup away from being able to walk the streets getting belligerently drunk enough to find yourself face-first in some horse dung is a huge conflict of attitude. Handing out citations for having a small quantity of weed stashed safely in your New Orleans' apartment would be like Amsterdam prohibiting pornography while profiting off prostitution. It's a juxtaposition that's nearly as stupid as the NFL preferring it's most battered and beaten athletes pop pills as opposed to puff trees.
Second of all, a raid? Whatever David Onyemata did to piss off the person who ratted him out over what sounds like a couple grams, a weed pen, and a space brownie or two must have been 10x more illegal than presumably getting a little high on his own personal supply. The officer on scene should have went back, traced the tip, and arrested the snitch for making him waste his damn time getting a search warrant for nothing more than some ganja, as NOLA's crime rate suggests it has far bigger problems than people coughing up the occasional lung on their couch.
At the end of the day, no matter how he got caught, David Onyemata has to know better than to test the repressed Resident Assistant of professional sports league. When you're in the NFL, you simply gots to stay off the wee-duh, no matter how much it may help you deal with the pain you're inflicted from bashing skulls with absolute monsters of men. He'll have to take whatever suspension will likely come his way on the chin and hope it doesn't send the Saints off to another slow start, because he knew he was breaking the rules...even if the rules are about a decade too dumb.