Steelers' Tomlin to address Holmes drug charges after practice
Friday, October 24, 2008
By Jonathan D. Silver, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh police pulled over Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes in the Hill District and found three marijuana-filled cigars yesterday while they were on the lookout for a large stash of drugs in a sport utility vehicle.
Mr. Holmes, 24, of Ohio Township, told officers he had smoked marijuana in his sport utility vehicle the day before, according to a police affidavit, but he was not impaired at the time of the traffic stop around 4 p.m. at Centre Avenue and Mario Lemieux Place.
Police let Mr. Holmes go and will charge him by summons through the mail with one misdemeanor count of prohibited acts -- in this case having a small amount of marijuana for personal use.
Following today's practice, Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin plans to address the situation and Mr. Holmes' status for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.
Mr. Holmes was withheld from practice.
Reached at his home this afternoon, Mr. Holmes refused to comment.
It could not immediately be determined whether Mr. Holmes' SUV was the intended target of police officers at the Hill District station, but The Associated Press reported that the vehicle was not the one officers were seeking.
At the 3 p.m. roll call, the officers were told to look for an SUV with an out-of-state license plate traveling through the Hill District with a "large amount of narcotics," the police affidavit said.
An hour later, Officer Thomas Gorecki spotted Mr. Holmes' black SUV with Florida plates and pulled it over.
Mr. Holmes did not have his driver's license but handed over his registration and insurance paperwork.
Officers said they smelled marijuana in the SUV. Officer John Kusenko asked Mr. Holmes if he had been smoking marijuana in the SUV that day.
"No," Mr. Holmes told officers, according to the affidavit, "but yesterday I was."
Police said Mr. Holmes told them he had marijuana in the vehicle. He pointed out two marijuana-filled cigars, known as "blunts," in a vehicle compartment. Officers found a third blunt from a pack of cigars in the center console.
Thursday's arrest is the latest in a string of legal troubles for Mr. Holmes. In June 2006, he was arrested in Ohio on domestic violence charges, which were later dismissed. The charges stemmed from an incident involving LaShae Boone of Columbus, the mother of one of his three children. The charges were dismissed after the judge in the case was assured by Mr. Holmes' lawyers that their client was participating in ongoing counseling offered through the NFL.
Mr. Holmes also was arrested in South Beach, Fla., for disorderly conduct during a Memorial Day weekend crackdown by local authorities in 2006. That charge was later dropped in exchange for a $250 donation to the Police Officers Assistance Trust Fund.http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08298/922557-66.stm