Vols John Kelly, Will Ignont cited for marijuana possession
KNOXVILLE — Tennessee star running back John Kelly and freshman linebacker Will Ignont were cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana Tuesday evening close to the UT campus.
WATE first reported that around 10:46 p.m., Kelly was driving a vehicle on Cumberland Ave and was pulled over due to a headlight being out. Ignont was a passenger.
Kelly and Ignont will both be suspending for Tennessee’s game at Kentucky on Saturday.
“John Kelly and Will Ignont will be suspended for the Kentucky game as a result of the incident on Tuesday night,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said in a statement from the program. “Members of our football team have a responsibility to represent the University of Tennessee in a first-class manner. I met with John and Will and they understand their actions were unacceptable.”
When the officer asked Kelly to roll down the window, a strong smell emitted from the vehicle, according to the report.
The report also stated that the officer asked Kelly and Ignont to step out of the vehicle and the players consented to a vehicle search. A clear plastic bag of what appeared to be marijuana was found in the center console. KPD says there were 4.6 grams in the bag. Officers also found a glass pipe.
According to WATE’s report, neither players claimed ownership of the bag and pipe. Because the items were in the console between the pair, officers decided to cite each one with one of the items found.
Both were cited and allowed to leave. They must turn themselves in for booking at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office by 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 7. Kelly was cited for possession of a Schedule 6 drug (a misdemeanor), not having a headlight and not having proof of insurance. Ignont was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia; which is a misdemeanor.
Kelly has been Tennessee’s most explosive player this season. The junior tailback leads the Vols with 615 rushing yards and six touchdowns. His 26 receptions are also tops on the team and his 255 receiving yards are second-most on the team.
Ignont has played sparingly as a freshman, mostly on special teams. He has four tackles this season and one tackle for loss.