D’Onta Foreman a rookie running back for the Houston Texans was arrested early Sunday morning in Austin, Texas and charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon and marijuana possession, which are both misdemeanors.
According to the police department at the University of Texas, officers responded initially to a smell of marijuana reported outside one of the school’s residence halls from three cars in the parking lot at approximately 12:25 a.m.
Forman was taken by police into custody then later released after posting bond. The police said he was the owner of the weapon. Six other men were given citations for possession of marijuana then released.
Chip Lewis the attorney representing Foreman said through a prepared statement that the Houston running back had been in Austin visiting with friends, was in possession of the handgun legally and did not use marijuana, which was not his, but was owned by a passenger in the vehicle.
Lewis said his client, while leaving his vehicle was approached by the police and told police prior to them searching his vehicle that his handgun was inside the vehicle, which was his.
The legal handgun had been purchased recently by D’Onta and was registered to him. The weapon was secured properly inside Foreman’s vehicle as is required by Texas law.
One of the passengers inside the vehicle owned by Foreman had marijuana in his possession. Foreman did not use any or possess any said his attorney.
After posting bond, Foreman will have a urinalysis to confirm that he did not use any marijuana, said his attorney.
The attorney’s statement also said that Foreman appreciated the professionalism used by the law enforcement officers involved with his arrest and is confident that the matter will be resolved in a just way once the applicable laws are applied to the facts.
Last season, Foreman was the recipient of the Doak Walker Award that is given to the top running back in the nation. He rushed for 2,028 yards with the Texas Longhorns during the 2016 college football season.
Houston picked Foreman in the third round of the draft and he is expected to be a backup running back for the team behind Lamar Miller.
The team issued its own statement that said it had been made award of the situation and was gathering more information.