Earlier Wednesday, news broke of Greg Reid being arrested Tuesday night in Georgia for possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended license and failure to wear a seat belt. These are things many football players and young people do. They aren't serious crimes or felonies, and almost certainly shouldn't result in Reid missing any important games.
That is, unless it is his third strike under FSU's drug policy.
What is FSU's drug policy? Let's review.
- Strike 1: Counseling
- Strike 2: Suspension of indeterminate length depending on the length of the season (for football, usually 1-2 games)
- Strike 3: Dismissal
It's a harsh policy, and one I've argued against in the past. Particularly so when rival Florida allows five strikes. UF allows courtesy fouls. FSU does not.
As I understand it, a conviction for drugs does count as a strike. So Reid definitely has one on him. But does he have more?
FSU fans will recall that Reid has missed a game before, September 10, 2011 against Charleston Southern. He was suspended for the ever nebulous violation of team rules (VOTR), along with Telvin Smith. There were numerous rumors at the time, including the pair being involved in a bar fight, missing curfew, as well as failing a drug test. In further detail, some speculated that they were suspended for a first failed drug test, as Fisher wanted to send the pair a message.
Unsurprisingly, Florida State never released the specific violation of the team rules. Due to privacy laws, the specific violation is still unclear.
What is clear, however, is that while many of your favorite football stars smoke weed, Greg Reid can no longer be one of them (a smoker, that is. He surely can remain your favorite player.).
Assuming the weed charge sticks, he'll definitely have one strike. We'll soon find out how many more he already had. We definitely know he cannot afford another.