Greg Robinson was arrested at the US-Mexico border on Monday, a short time after he was informed by the Cleveland Browns he would not be brought back.
*Update* Michael J. Babcock of TMZ is reporting that Robinson was arrested with 156.9 lbs of marijuanna at the border. Current CFL player and former Auburn teammate Quan Bray was arrested as well. According to Babcock, Robinson still is looking at upwards of 20 years in prison if convicted, despite not meeting the 220 lbs threshold.
To be clear, Greg Robinson’s arrest at the US-Mexico border is not why the Browns are not interested in bringing back the former No. 2 overall draft pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. That all had to do with his poor play over two seasons. Robinson was arrested on Monday for attempting to smuggle marijuana into Mexico, in a total sum that can only be described as “excessive” and “a lot”. While no formal quantities are being revealed, with the verbiage being used it’s to be assumed that he’ll be held on charges of conspiracy to smuggle a controlled substance across the border.
If Robinson was found in excess of 220 lbs. of marijuana, then he’ll be looking at serious jail time, with a maximum sentence of 20 years. If there’s more than that, he could be looking at 40 years. For a smaller amount, he could still see a year behind bars. The fact that he has millions of dollars in the bank (or is supposed to) and still hasn’t made bail means these are very serious allegations, as CBS Sports is reporting he’s facing federal charges.
The severity of his charges will depend on exactly where he was arrested, the amount of drugs he carried on his person, if there was more than one type of drug, and a laundry list of other things that need to be found out.
If the bad play throughout his career wasn’t bad enough, having federal drug charges dropped on you will surely ruin a career. This isn’t a situation where he had an ounce at a party and got picked up walking home. That’s a misdemeanor offense. Crossing international borders, or attempting to in this case, while carrying is an automatic federal offense. There is no defense for Robinson. He’s done as an NFL pro.
Go figure, another John Dorsey hire is facing criminal charges. Go figure.