The Louisiana district attorney announced Monday that gun and drug charges against two college football players have been dropped.
District Attorney Jerry Jones told KNOE-TV that there was insufficient evidence to bring charges against University of Alabama athletes Cam Robinson and Laurence Jones. He said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove who was in possession of the gun and the drugs.
"I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I'm doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning,” Jones said.
Both players were arrested last month at a public park in Louisiana at 2:30 a.m. and were charged with possession of a controlled substance and possessing a firearm in the presence of drugs. Robinson was also charged with felony possession, according to Al.com.
According to ESPN, citing a police report, an officer approached the players’ vehicle at the closed park and smelled marijuana. The report alleges that the marijuana and handgun were in in plain sight and the stolen handgun was found under the passenger seat.
Head football coach Nick Saban told AL.com in May that the program will handle the discipline, if any, internally.
"If we can change their behavior based on what we do, that would be the purpose of discipline," Saban said. "Discipline is not necessarily just punishment, which a lot of people view it that way. It's how do you change somebody's behavior so they have a better chance to be successful.
"That's the way we've always done it. That's the way we always try to do it. That's the way I like to do it with my own children. I think that's the way most parents like to do it with their own children."
Robinson is an all-conference offensive lineman entering his junior season. Jones was one of the top prospects coming out of high school.