MONROE — The district attorney's office has decided not to prosecute Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson and reserve defensive back Laurence "Hootie" Jones on drug and weapons charges.
Prosecutor Neal Johnson cited insufficient evidence in court documents filed on Monday. Calls to the district attorney's office by The Associated Press were not immediately returned.
Robinson and Jones were arrested in the early morning of May 17 for the misdemeanor charge of carrying a weapon in the presence of narcotics. Robinson also was charged with felony possession of stolen firearms.
According to television station KNOE, District Attorney of Morehouse and Ouachita parishes Jerry L. Jones said, ??"I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I'm doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning."
Robinson is an All-Southeastern Conference left tackle for the defending national champions. He's projected as a high NFL draft pick going into his junior season.
Jones is also a junior but has played sparingly.
Robinson is from West Monroe and Jones is from Monroe.
Monroe police said the players were arrested after an officer smelled marijuana coming from a parked car in a closed public park. When the officer approached the car, he saw a handgun in Jones' lap, police said. A search of the car then turned up marijuana and a handgun that had been reported stolen in Baldwin County, Alabama.