Texans rookie running back D'Onta Foreman arrested for marijuana, gun possession

AUSTIN – Houston Texans rookie running back D'Onta Foreman was arrested Sunday for possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a firearm, police said.

According to the University of Texas Police Department, officers responded at 12:24 a.m. to reports of a smell of marijuana coming from three vehicles near the southwest side of the San Jacinto residence hall. 

Police said all three vehicles had marijuana and Foreman was the owner of a firearm discovered in one of them. 

Six other men were cited and released for possession of marijuana. Foreman was taken into custody and was booked into the Travis County Jail. 

The Houston Texans released the following statement on Twitter: 

"The Texans are aware of a situation involving D'Onta Foreman. We are gathering additional information and will have no further comment."

Foreman’s attorney released the following statement:

"D'Onta was arrested by the University of Texas Police Department earlier today. He had traveled to Austin to visit friends. As he was leaving their residence, he was approached by police. Prior to a search of his vehicle, D'Onta alerted the officer that he had a handgun inside of his vehicle. This legal handgun was recently purchased by D'Onta and registered in his name.

"The handgun was properly secured inside of his vehicle as required by Texas law. A passenger in D'Onta's vehicle was in possession of marijuana. D'Onta did not use or possess the marijuana. Upon making his bond, he will submit to a urinalysis to confirm he has not used marijuana.

"D'Onta appreciates the professionalism of the officers involved in his arrest and in his booking at the Travis County Jail. We are confident this matter will be resolved justly once the State of Texas applies the applicable law to the facts."

EDITOR'S NOTE: D'Onte Foreman is currently a Houston Texans rookie running back. An earlier version of this story said he was a former Texans running back, but he is a former University of Texas running back.

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