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November 07, 2011

Updated: No decision on Lawrence Wilson

Panthers rookie linebacker Lawrence Wilson, cited last week for speeding and possession of marijuana, said he made “stupid mistake” last week and hopes to learn from it.

Wilson was cited Wednesday after being pulled over on I-85 near Salisbury for doing 76 mph in a 65-mph zone. Rowan County sheriff's deputies said they found 11 grams of pot in Wilson's car.

Wilson disputed that, saying the amount was closer to 2 grams.

Either way, Wilson said he shouldn't have been doing it.

Same thing,” Wilson said. “Weed's weed, no matter how much you've got.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he planned to meet with general manager Marty Hurney today about Wilson's future with the team.

Wilson, who practiced with the team Monday, said he hopes the Panthers will keep him around.

I'm going to learn from this and try to put it behind me,” Wilson said.

Wilson, a sixth-round pick from Connecticut, has been on the Panthers' practice squad all season.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on November 7, 2011 at 02:19 PM | Permalink


Everybody makes mistakes. Its a plant. Not a big deal. Just don't ingest it and then drive, but I haven't read that he was high when they pulled him over, just had it in his possession.

Posted by: jeff | Nov 7, 2011 2:39:32 PM

They better check the whole team...The way they play....mabe that's the issue ....

Posted by: motorhogman | Nov 7, 2011 3:06:54 PM

Wow, "J." Way to expose yourself to the world(albeit annonymously) as a complete creep.

Posted by: jeff | Nov 7, 2011 3:09:51 PM

Barely 10 over the speed limit on an interstate and just a small amount of weed? Way to go patrol, you just nailed a real criminal.

Posted by: Bill Wilson | Nov 7, 2011 3:13:32 PM

76 in a 65 zone and less than an ounce. Get over it. I believe this 2011. Under an ounce is a misdemeanor.Who hasn't driven that fast, Panthers and Rivera need to win, move on.This is stupid!

Posted by: ELDER | Nov 7, 2011 3:26:06 PM

So it's alright for someone to drive almost 10 miles over the speed limit after smoking weed, or just ok if you play sports for the home-town team. Would it also be ok if this same player crashed his vehicle into a vehicle with one of your loved ones in it which ended up killing one if your loved ones.

You know he was probably smoking while driving or probably right before driving because the police officer smelled the weed which led to a search. Makes one wonder if most fans are this ignorant or just Panther fans, Panther fans who think winning a football game is the most important thing.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Nov 7, 2011 3:37:47 PM

wow J.... seriously ???

Posted by: big time | Nov 7, 2011 3:43:42 PM

What an idiot. Has he never heard to stay at nine over?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Nov 7, 2011 3:46:52 PM

J - your comment is rude and offensive. Your hatred and ignorance are not welcome in Charlotte. Please leave.

Posted by: Charlotte Homer | Nov 7, 2011 3:48:11 PM

Out Of Town Panther Fan: Yes, it's ok to drive 10 mph over the limit because people in Charlotte drive almost 15 mph over the limit regularly.

There is no way of knowing whether he smoked before he drove. If he looked suspicious, I'm sure the officer would have made him do tests, they have those.

In case you've never smoked before, weed stinks! Unless you have it in an air tight container, it's going to smell the car up.

You shouldn't "ass"umptions. And I don't think that this kid has helped the Panthers win or lose a game this year since he's on the practice squad. People are more or less sick of the millions of dollars spent a year busting people for small amounts of pot. It really is a waste of time, money and effort. Maybe spend a little more time on say busting meth labs, heroin users/dealers, you know something that can actually kill you for ingesting it!

Posted by: Mike | Nov 7, 2011 3:50:18 PM

His stock just went up in my portfolio.

Posted by: UnoWHOuR | Nov 7, 2011 3:51:25 PM

He's just another spoiled punk that thinks he's better than the rest of us. Cut him, and be done with it. The entire league should have a zero tolerance policy. You want the benefits of potentially being a football player, then act like it, work hard, follow the rules and try setting an example.

Posted by: Bob R | Nov 7, 2011 3:56:32 PM

is this new to people? athletes smoke weed. I think a lot of you would be in for a surprise to find out your sports hero probly does too. and if its not that its girls or pain pills.

Posted by: zach | Nov 7, 2011 4:04:40 PM

I bet J won't put his real name and Cell # phone on here.

Posted by: Jeremy | Nov 7, 2011 4:09:16 PM

Leave it alone,he's young.Go to any college and bring a drug dog and see the results.At least he wasn't driving 128mph in a 35 mph speed limit.

Posted by: jim | Nov 7, 2011 4:32:35 PM

Who is "J"?

Posted by: Real Panther | Nov 7, 2011 4:59:37 PM

What in the HELL is wrong with you people? This is an athlete caught with marijuana! In my day playing football, this would be inexcusable. Now, we're sympathetic to the "Wacky Weed?" Gee, it's not too harmful to anyone, it's only ILLEGAL!

I don't care about his silly little driving above the limit; the speed limits are too low, anyways, for these new cars.

It's just absurd how society says it's okay for kids to "experiment" with drugs or alcohol. Marijuana is no different, hash heads. Seems as of too many of you are already missing too many brain cells!!!

Posted by: Mike Ditka | Nov 7, 2011 5:07:03 PM

Was it a "planned" action for effect to put this caption directly beneath Cam's picture especially since he's a rookie too.

Posted by: Chuck | Nov 7, 2011 5:08:21 PM

Legalize it so that you can regulate and tax. If it's not legal, then you allow the criminal element to regulate and tax.

Posted by: SSGPat | Nov 7, 2011 5:21:39 PM

Real Panther - "J" was a troglodyte that posted an ignorant and blatantly racist remark earlier. Thankfully, the Observer staff removed it quickly.

Posted by: jeff | Nov 7, 2011 5:28:55 PM

SO WHAT!!! I hope it was good stuff. :)

Posted by: PantherFan | Nov 7, 2011 6:16:16 PM

here's the truth, if all of you guys who want to hang this guys for smoking pot tested your kid's teachers, politicians, and CEO's of fortune 500 companies you would be in for a big shock. I was closed minded like most of you until i attended a fundraiser with 4 univiersity presidents, administrators of major companies along with entertainers in which we smoked and had great conversations. Stop pretending that things are more harmful than they are because it does nothing to help social progress. everyone has vices and none are worst than the other (ie. shopping, chocolate, poker and tv).

Posted by: panthers1 | Nov 7, 2011 6:35:46 PM

Lawrence, exactly what part of Rivera's warning talk didn't you understand? You're not even a player. You're on the practice squad. Linebackers are now needed badly, so you probably blew your chance to play in the NFL. You just put your so-called career on the line and rolled the dice over a few rolls of marijuana. Wow. Honestly you're just too stupid to play in this league. Try Walmart, I hear they're hiring. Chance of a lifetime and you blow it over a few smokes, No sympathy from me and I hope the Panthers have the wisdom to feel the same.

Posted by: charlesbright | Nov 7, 2011 6:37:05 PM

He definitely wasn't smoking when pulled over. Any pothead knows that you drive 10 under when smoking. You just can't help but drive 10 under. Marijuana makes you slightly paranoid and/or laid back. and yeah i speak from 43 years of experience (never had an accident :)>

Posted by: denrec | Nov 7, 2011 7:19:02 PM

"practice", "we're talking practice","practice","practice","we're talking practice here"

Posted by: Ziff | Nov 7, 2011 8:34:13 PM

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