Another day, another weed-related incident in the NFL. This time, Cleveland Browns defensive lineman T.Y. McGill has been charged with a misdemeanor possession of weed in North Carolina.
McGill Charged With Weed Possession
According to sources, the defensive tackle was claimed by the Browns just a few hours after his arrest.
The Browns reportedly did not know about the arrest before signing him off of waivers from the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. He spent most of the preseason with the Colts before being released as a part of 53-man final cuts.
According to the police report, alcohol enforcement agents saw McGill outside his Charlotte hotel on Saturday night with weed.
Apparently, he initially denied having any cannabis on him. But he eventually admitted that he had weed. He was not arrested, but was subjected to an undisclosed fine and charged with a misdemeanor.
It’s not clear how or if the Browns will punish McGill. If they deem the incident as too much of a distraction, they could choose to cut the former North Carolina State standout. McGill could also be punished by the NFL.
A Browns spokesperson said: “We are aware of the citation and have spoken to T.Y. directly. Those conversations will remain internal.”
McGill originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks back in 2015. He spent the last two seasons with the Colts. He racked up 17 tackles and five sacks over the course of 25 games with the team.
Final Hit: Cleveland Browns T.Y. McGill Charged With Weed Possession
Despite its potential as both a treatment for head trauma and alternative painkiller, the NFL continues to remain strict on the cannabis front.
This past offseason alone, four players were banned for their weed use. Randy Gregory, Darren Waller, Karlos Williams, and Justin Gilbert are all currently serving one-year suspensions for failed drug tests.
Former Patriots’ offensive Ryan O’Callagan recently opened up about the NFL’s strict no-cannabis rules. He claimed weed would be a “godsend” for NFL players.
In particular, he said weed could be a non-addictive alternative to opioid painkillers as well as an effective way to treat concussions.
Although the pill is still in its early trial phases, it remains an intriguing option to combat the league’s prevalent concussion issues.
However, it remains to be seen how any of this might impact McGill’s case. Since it’s still considered a Schedule I drug, the Browns could choose to cut ties with the defensive tackle.
That could happen, especially since McGill doesn’t figure to play a major role this season. McGill has a court appearance scheduled for Oct. 24.