Florida RB Mark Thompson initially denied possessing marijuana when he was stopped by police Thursday morning, but later said the substance police found in the car did belong to him.
Police pulled Thompson over in a black SUV at approximately 12:36 a.m. Thursday morning for failing to stop at a stop sign, according to the University of Florida Police Department report obtained by SEC Country. When the officer approached the vehicle, the report says he smelled “raw cannabis.”
The officer asked Thompson and the other passenger, Tiffany Tawfic, who said she the car was hers, if they had marijuana with them. Both said they did not. The officer searched the vehicle and found a bag containing 0.03 grams of marijuana.
The officer read Thompson and Tawfic their rights. After that, Thompson said the marijuana was his. The officer gave Thompson a notice to appear in court for possession of marijuana. He also issued a written warning for failing to stop at a stop sign and failure to provide proof of insurance.
Thompson did not make the trip to Jacksonville for the Gators’ game against Florida as a result of the incident. Florida’s third-leading rusher this season, collecting 262 yards and two touchdowns on 57 rushes in 2016.
He has been splitting carries with sophomore running back Jordan Scarlett (375 rushing yards, 5 touchdowns) and freshman Lamical Perine (300 yards, 1 touchdown).