Port Allen native, Darian Claiborne was suspended by Texas A&M for their last game of the season, the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, against Duke which took place on New Years Eve.
Standout freshman linebacker, Claiborne, was suspended shortly after he was arrested on two drug possession charges Sunday, December 22, on charges of possession of a dangerous drug and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, according to the Brazos County Jail website. He was arrested at about 3 p.m. and released less than two hours later after posting $6,000 bond.
Claiborne, who was named to the SEC All-Freshman team, led his team with 89 tackles, 7 of them were for a loss, and he also had 2 forced fumbles and 1 interception. The 6’1” inch tall 205 pound Claiborne graduated from Port Allen High School where he was recruited by many of the top college programs in the country.
Popular news source, TMZ, reported that Claiborne, 19, was arrested after a routine traffic stop in Brazos, Texas, went terribly south.
The TMZ Sports report states that, according to police, Claiborne was riding in a car without front plates. Two of the three occupants were not wearing seatbelts.
During the traffic stop, the officer at the scene says he smelled marijuana coming from the passenger side, where Claiborne was sitting, though Claiborne insisted the odor was from a Black & Mild cigar.
According to TMZ Sports reports, the officers searched the car and found a "red plastic Hershey's kiss ornament" in the center console - inside, it contained a small bag of weed and five white and blue capsules.
According to the report, Claiborne said the pills were Adderall that his roommate had given him to help cram for finals. Claiborne did not have a prescription.
The officer says he also found a partially smoked blunt located in a shoe found on the floorboard of the car.