Packers RB Aaron Jones pleads no contest to marijuana-related charge
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones on Wednesday pleaded no contest to one of three charges filed against him after he was pulled over for speeding and admitted to having smoked marijuana.
Brown County Judge Marc Hammer accepted Jones' plea to a traffic citation for driving with a controlled substance in his system and found him guilty. Under a plea agreement, Hammer dismissed tickets for speeding and operating without a license.
Court records indicate Hammer suspended Jones' license for six months, assessed $1,047 in fines and court costs, and ordered Jones to undergo an alcohol assessment.
Jones was pulled over for speeding on State 172 in Ashwaubenon at 11:37 a.m. on Oct. 1, according to an incident report. A state trooper clocked Jones’ vehicle traveling 79 mph in a 55-mph zone.
The report states the trooper smelled marijuana and noticed Jones’ eyes were red and bloodshot. Jones told the trooper he had smoked marijuana after eating breakfast. A search of the vehicle did not produce any drugs or drug paraphernalia.
Jones was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay for a blood test after a trooper determined he used his arms to balance during a walking test, the report states.
Jones apologized after news of the arrest became public in November.
"I owe an apology to my family, teammates, coaches, the fans and the Packers organization," Jones said Nov. 21. "I made a mistake, and I take full responsibility for it. And it won’t happen again."
The Packers declined to comment on Wednesday. They had previously said they were aware of the situation regarding Jones, and head coach Mike McCarthy called the incident "a mistake" in November.
Jones still could face disciplinary action under the NFL's substance-abuse policy.