Posted by Josh Katzowitz
On Monday, Panthers practice squad linebacker Lawrence Wilson thought he could keep his job after his arrest last week on charges of speeding and possession of marijuana.
"I'm going to learn from this and try to put it behind me," Wilson said, via the Charlotte Observer.
Unfortunately for Wilson, who cried when he was arrested because he was worried about his job, he’ll have to learn his lesson from somewhere other than Panthers headquarters, because he was cut Tuesday.
Said general manager Marty Hurney (also via the Observer): “Obviously, the incident last week didn't help his cause. It's clear that we do not want anybody's personal conduct reflecting poorly on the club.”
Police said they stopped Wilson -- a 2011 sixth-round pick -- for speeding just as the team began to leave town for its bye week (Wilson was on his way to Virginia), and when they approached the car, they smelled marijuana. Police then allegedly discovered 11 grams (0.39 ounces) of pot.
Wilson said that was incorrect; he says he only was holding two grams. Not that, ahem, it matters to a cop.
"Weed's weed, no matter how much you've got," he said Monday.
And sometimes, as Wilson has learned, weed will knock you out of a job.
“It was very disappointing, it really was," coach Ron Rivera said. "It was one of those things where this is about maturing, about growing up and being held accountable and responsible. More than anything else, it's about what we are trying to do. We don't need distractions like this."
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