Jenkins arrested again for marijuana possession

By Adam Silverstein
April 23, 2011

For the third time in 23 months, Florida Gators cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been arrested. It is his second arrest for possession of marijuana in just under 90 days.

According to a release from the Gainesville Police Department obtained by the Florida Times-Union, Jenkins was caught smoking a marijuana “cigar” in his car in a parking lot at 12:35 a.m. Saturday. He was issued a notice to appear in court on May 12 for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

Jenkins was similarly cited on Jan. 23 when an officer spotted him rolling a joint in a nightclub bathroom. After appearing in court on Mar. 18, he was ordered to pay $316 in court fees and had adjudication withheld.

He was previously arrested in May 2009 on misdemeanor charges of affray and resisting arrest without violence. Jenkins said at the time that he was acting in self-defense and was only trying to protect himself during a group altercation in which someone he did not know attempted to steal his necklace.

The State Attorney’s Office dropped the affray charge because there were not enough facts for it to have been applicable. They instead offered him a deferred prosecution agreement, which he agreed to sign. The terms of the agreement included Jenkins staying out of trouble for six months, paying $50 in court fees and either donating $150 to a charity or performing 15 hours of community service. His record has since been cleared of the charge because he fulfilled the demands of the agreement.

Jenkins recently decided to return to Florida for his senior season rather than declare for the 2011 NFL Draft. He would have likely been a first-round selection.

The University of Florida has not yet commented on Jenkins’s arrest.

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  1. C3 says:

    Unreal. I wouldn’t kick him off the team for this personally, but clearly he has to serve a suspension now. Muschamp can’t look like a pushover. Really disappointing from JJ, you’d think he’d be stepping up into a leadership role. I usually don’t care if a guy smokes, but how many times can you get busted? It’s just stupid. Smoke inside your apartment! He’s hotboxing his way out of the first round. Dumb.

  2. G8tr please says:

    No one..I repeat no one should be this stupid.If you want to smoke do it at home you dumba**.

  3. G8tr please says:

    Make an example of this guy…boot him off the team.

  4. David says:

    Dear Coach Muschamp, You said players need to do it the FL way. This guy has no respect for the FL way. Set a precedent of accountability. Kick him off the damn team.

  5. g8ter27 says:

    I am sorry up front, I know this will be edited but I can’t help it…butall I can say is Dumb Ass! Really Jenkins?

  6. 305gator says:

    it sucks that todays athletes are the people that little kids look up to.

  7. GATOR CREW says:

    Will be interesting to see how Coach Boom handles this! He needs to set the bar high on this, not sure if it means kicking Jenkins off the team or not, but these kids need to get it through their thick skull that this kind of crap HAS TO STOP!!!!!!! IMO, Coach Meyer did not and it blew up in his /university’s face and we have looked like Thug U that past 5 years…just my 2 cents

  8. GatorCooken says:

    No choice, he has to go. Which is a shame, both for his career, for UF, for everyone involved. Clearly doesn’t have respect for his position on the team or for the new coaching staff. I understand “everyone” does it, but not everyone is so dumb to get caught repeatedly. Do it in your apartment on your own time fool.

  9. Skydog7 says:

    Seriously??? How doggone stupid does one guy have to be?!?!?!

    I’ve got no issue with marijuana use for normal college students. I actually have no problem with athletes doing it occasionally, but in public, three moths after an arrest is just dumb, dumb, dumb and shows he puts his own wants/desires ahead of the team’s.

    I don’t care how good a player he is, he needs to be kicked off the team & out of school.

  10. Ch Boom says:

    Id say kick him off the team if he wasn’t so good. Think a one game suspension is in order.

  11. Mr2Bits says:

    He’s not getting kicked off the team and everyone needs to chill. Was it stupid yes but it is what it is. The guy likes weed and needs to learn to like it in his apartment and not in public. He will miss the first game or two and that will be it. For those of you who are saying kick him off the team you must be high as that is retarded.

  12. dp says:

    First off…could anyone possibly be this stupid/ignorant? I guess so! Secondly, this is going to go one of two ways: Boom doesn’t want to totally destroy this kids life and suspends him for 5-7 games….or kick his ass off of the team because he was already warned and needs to set a hard example. I vote for the hard example…this kid is ridiculously stupid. Sorry Jenoris…USF will take you…they are a research 1 school afterall. Maybe they research glaucoma and you can participate in a study.

  13. dp says:

    2 bits are you for real? I want the Gators to win as much as you do but come on…twice for the same shit?! Three arrests in two years? How many chances do you think he should get? What’s it going to take? For him to drive high as shit and run someone over before he gets any serious consequence?

    • Mr2Bits says:

      I don’t smoke and never had but it’s weed. This is the same charge type as an open container or possession of alcohol underage. These types of charges are handed out like speeding tickets and the kid will not get kicked off the team. Sure it sucks as it’s another stain on UF but at the end of the day, its minuet and will result in a few game suspension at most.

      • g8ter27 says:

        I agree with you but that alcohol charge has cost kids games and one a scholarship so there needs to be a message sent here this time.

      • David says:

        This guy is a repeat offender. It isn’t that he he smoking pot. It is that he has such little respect for the team rules that he flaunts it by doing it in public. We had a bad reputation under Meyer, and I think a signal needs to be sent to the team that things will be different under Muschamp.

  14. GatorsAlumLA says:

    I have recovered from my hangover, and this is what I find.

  15. alex says:

    If Muschamp wants to be taken seriously then he has to go.

  16. Ken (CA) says:

    needs to be a 3 or 6 game suspension at absolute minimum. Probably just cost himself millions of dollars, too

  17. Razzlegator says:

    No comment on the “cigar” aspect of this? If this kid can afford to roll a “cigar”, I’m wondering where he got the money(can anyone say NCAA investigation?) . Of course, if he’s following that hallowed G’ville tradition and growin’ his own, no problem.

    • John S says:

      “Cigar” likely means a black and mild cigar with the tobacco removed and replaced with marijuana. It’s not a sign of being rich, probably less than the cost of a twelve pack of beer.

  18. John S says:

    This was pretty stupid, but he doesn’t need to be kicked off the team. He will already lose a couple million for this by dropping from the first to the second half of the first round.

    The kid gave up millions to come back to school for another year, cut him some slack.

    • G8tr please says:

      Hasn’t he already been cut some slack?

      • David says:

        Yes, he has already been cut slack. He was already going to miss the first few games probably because of the last arrest. Also, he came back to school because he hurt himself; he didn’t come back to school for the benefit of Florida’

        • John S says:

          While his injury probably played a part, 90% of the fans and media were surprised he came back, with many questioning how smart it was to do so given the likely future rookie salary cap. He would certainly have been drafted by the mid second round, more likely the end of the first and be a millionaire in 3 months. Instead he chose to come back. Repeat weed smoking is weak, it’s puts him in line with plenty of other Gainesville residents. Yes it was stupid he got caught twice, but the crime is barely worth mentioning. A two game suspension is fine.

  19. Joe says:

    My first reaction was to boot his a$$ immediately. But, there are now some interesting details coming out about the situation. What I am hearing is that JJ was sitting in a car with 3 other people. The cop did not witness him or anyone else smoking marijuana. He simply found a cigar in the console. The cop is the same one who arrested him last time. I don’t know if that is a coincidence or not. I do not think this charge will stick. Regardless, the guy is an idiot for putting himself in this situation again. I just don’t understand what people are thinking sometimes.

  20. jay d says:

    I’m all for cutting our star players some slacck when they get busted for dumb shit…but unless UF wants to be seen as the new UM then jenkins has to go…Id rather watch cody riggs get burnt all season than know we are letting one of the biggest dumbass in the nation play ball cause he is a natural athlete… 3 strikes ur out!….you can take the boy out the hood, but you can’t take the hood out the boy! FACT!

    • Mr2Bits says:

      I certainly would not want to watch him get burned all season. UF athletics especially football is in the business of winning games and filling their bank accounts. You saw what happened last year when we didn’t win and Gator nation has very few of those types of seasons the fans are willing to swallow. They are not going to boot the kid off the team for this and it would be stupid to. Not only for the winning aspect but more importantly the minuscule aspect of the charge itself. The kid will miss a few games, come back by the time the Vols roll into town and go top 10 in the draft. Whats funny is the NFL is in the same business of winning and character problems mean very little to them, just ask the team that drafts sCam Newton in the first 5 picks.

      The sooner you and every “boot him off the team’r” on here realize that it takes these kinds of kids to win national championships the better. No God/Boom/Other will scare these kids from doing what they want to do. Sure it sucks that we are compared to Miami for having kids get arrested all the time but they were also putting trophies in the case, rings on fingers and a shiz ton a cash in the schools pocket. The media and other schools are always going to make a big deal out of the teams that are winning so just accept it as coming with the territory.

      • jay d says:

        You seem very paassionate on a subject you know nothing about..(drugs)…btw I get it..every argument every angle poeple express on this cite is not above my intelligence…this was strickly my personal preference on the subject…everyone might think they have the answers or know a litttle bit more than the next guy about the sport and all its issues….but more than likely they don’t..

  21. Matt says:

    Kick him off the team…he will make it as a pro but CM needs to draw a line in the sand that is very clear to all the players that this crap won’t be tolerated!

  22. ncgator says:

    1) Muschamp has no choice this early in his career. He has to make a statement that regardless of your supposed star status, repeat offenses won’t be tolerated. Where does this kind behavior end if not now! One offense, OK keep your nose clean all is forgiven, twice your history. Cam Newton didn’t get this many chances, and Jenkins is no Cam Newton.
    2) Reading the comments, it’s amazing how many folks feel Meyer ran a dirty program. Considering the number of 4 and 5 star recruits Meyer recruited, many of which came from inner city backgrounds, he did a pretty damn good job. You want to look at programs who continually flaunt their noses at the ncaa and get away with it, look no further than Auburn, Alabama, Ohio State, Southern Cal and North Carolina.
    Spurrier is a legend who turned Florida into what it is today. Meyer made us better and deserves the same respect and accolades that come with 2 national titles and numerous conference championships. Muschamp is an unknown with an opportunity to make his mark in college football. Make a good start coach, get rid of Jenkins!!

  23. scooterp says:

    First, I don’t care whether he’s bounced or he comes back. I’ll trust Muschamp/Foley know alot more about this than a bunch of Gator blogging nerds, like us, to make an informed decision. But man…….. STUPID. Second, disappointed with the number of marijauna apologists on here – ‘Wow, can’t believe he got caught with it in public, but if he would have done at home. Well…..’
    I’ve never done it. Have never found the need to do it and refuse to give a scholarship athlete, with a free a ride to one of the finest universities, who is suppose to be a leader on his team a pass just because some find it ok. Sorry, I don’t.

  24. zurbo says:

    2 bits, you have never smoked weed? and you went to UF? makes no sense to me

    • David says:


    • Mr2Bits says:

      That is correct. I grew up in a household where I did not want to disappoint my parents by doing doing drugs. Drugs is where I drew my moral line as it’s not my cup of tea but I do not judge others who use them. I’ve had plenty of friends who have partaken but they knew never to involve me in it. If they want to smoke weed, go for it, just don’t do it around me and I could careless about it.

  25. Jesse C says:

    I hope he doesn’t get kicked off the team for obvious reasons but what a jackass. I’m not going to comment on my experience with the green stuff but how can you be this stupid? Maybe he should talk with Ricky Williams about discretion.

  26. vsherrel says:

    6 games. Makes will look tough, while helping out a misguided youth. Remember, he did come back to Florida despite being a first round lock. Throwing him off looks like you’re turning your back on him. Yes, he’s a repeat offender, but hasn’t stolen anything (which I think is the worst reflection of character) or have any felonies.

  27. Luke says:

    The reason it’s called “dope” is because people do stupid things while stoned. I’ve smoked plenty of “marijuana cigars” to know… One day he’ll grow up and wonder why he acted so immature when he was young. Or maybe he’ll play his way into making more money than most people ever see and he’ll just be a rich dope.

  28. I'mWinning! says:

    The charges are too weak, they’ll be dropped.. With that said, he was stupid to put himself BACK in that position

  29. npgator says:

    2 game suspension should be enough.

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