Less than a week after Canadian Football League Winnipeg Blue Bombers all-star Jonathan Hefney from Rock Hill admitted to team officials he had been charged with marijuana possession May 31 while at home in York County, the team cut Hefney.
The news of Hefneys release comes as Rock Hill court officials say he is due in court Wednesday on the misdemeanor charge.
Last week the teams management said it was going to wait and see what happened with the court case, but that wait was just a few days as Hefney was sprung from the roster Saturday.
Hefney, 28, had signed a new contract during January after leading the team in tackles last season. Blue Bombers officials only learned of the drug charges from Herald staff after The Herald published a story June 10 at heraldonline.com, and later in the June 11 edition of The Herald.
A Rock Hill Police Department report showed Hefney was charged and released May 31.
Hefney apologized to the team for not disclosing the incident but also told team officials the incident was a misunderstanding.
Hefney allegedly was driving his pickup truck on Main Street at 1:20 a.m. May 31 when he was stopped for speeding, police reports show. Police found 6.2 grams of marijuana and a grinder, police allege.
The Winnipeg coach and general manager, in statements to the media after the defensive back was released over the weekend, said the decision was mostly performance-based.
However, team officials have not denied the arrest was involved in the decision.
Hefney, a former star at Rock Hill High and the University of Tennessee, was not made available to the media by team officials last week and he has not made any public statements about being charged with drug possession or getting cut.
The court record for Hefneys criminal case does not show his having a lawyer, according to Rock Hill city court officials.
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