Bears J’Marcus Webb arrested on drug charges, apologizes on Twitter
BY ADAM L. JAHNS & SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com February 27, 2013 1:34PM
Chicago Bears' J'Marcus Webb walks to the field before NFL football training camp Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: April 1, 2013 11:50AM
Bears left tackle J’Marcus Webb took to Twitter Wednesday evening to apologize twice after being charged with possession of a controlled substance, cannabis and paraphernalia in downstate Pulaski County following a traffic stop.
According to the Southern Illinoisan, Webb was stopped for going 11-miles-per hour over the speed limit on Interstate 57. Police then found 2.5 grams of marijuana in his possession.
But Pulaski County State’s Attorney Grayson Gile told the Southern Illinoisan that he won’t pursue the charges against Webb, who paid a $500 cash bond on Monday. A March 18 hearing had been set, but will no longer be necessary.
“Headed to Texas to train,” Webb said on his Twitter account @jmarcuswebb. “I apologize.”
He later added: “I’m training now. I apologize.”
The Bears are expected to upgrade their offensive line this offseason. Webb, who enters the final year of his rookie deal, started every game at left tackle last season. Webb had been a focal point for criticism early in the 2012 season after being chest-bumped and berated by Jay Cutler in an ugly loss against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 13.
The Bears said in a statement they were aware of Webb’s arrest and that they “are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the arrest.” Attempts to reach Webb’s agent were unsuccessful.