A little less than a month after being cited for marijuana possession, the charge against University of Kentucky defensive end Jason Hatcher was dismissed. The Courier-Journal is reporting that the charge was dropped after the sophomore “completed a marijuana education course.”
Hatcher, along with former high school teammate and Louisville wideout James Quick, was cited on May 26 at Quick’s apartment on Louisville’s campus. U of L police responded to a complaint of “marijuana odor in the building,” and Quick was found to have 39.5 grams of marijuana, a digital scale and a marijuana grinder. Hatcher was found with 2.5 grams of marijuana in his pocket.
Hatcher appeared in court on June 16 and the case was dismissed.
“He’s never had any sort of criminal charge before in his life,” said Scott C. Cox, Hatcher’s attorney. “His case is scheduled to be expunged on August 18.”
Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said that “any further punishment” for Hatcher, who registered 19 tackles and two sacks as a freshman, “will be handled internally.”
Hatcher was a Rivals four-star recruit in Kentucky's 2013 class.
Quick currently has a court date scheduled for July 7.
“We are aware of the situation involving James Quick and are very disappointed in his actions,” Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said after the charges were made public. “We will handle the situation appropriately from within the program.”
Quick, a four-star recruit who was ranked No. 76 in the 2013 class by Rivals, caught six passes for 73 yards for the Cardinals last season as a true freshman.
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