(MOBILE, Ala.) Former Auburn standout and Detroit Lions defensive end Nick Fairley didn't open his mouth, didn't crack a smile as he walked out of Government Plaza Tuesday morning.
He was off the hook.
Time now, said his attorney Sid harrell, to get his mind back on the game.
"We're just glad it's over with. Nick's looking forward to traveling to Green Bay this Saturday night," he said.
This trip back home to Mobile wasn't meant to be a homecoming for the NFL star. He was here to answer to minor charges of possession of marijuana, stemming from an incident last April when he was riding around in his old neighborhood with an old friend, Eric Taylor.
But when neighbors got suspicious of the white Cadillac Escalade, they called the cops. Fairley was pulled over. Investigators say the car smelled of marijuana. An herb grinder and a substance resembling pot was found inside. Taylor said it belonged to him. In court Tuesday, the prosecution said it couldn't prove it wasn't.
"He tests 3 or 4 times a week for the Detroit Lions," said Harrell. "Everything has been negative from day one. He doesn't use drugs."
Harrell said his client tested negative the day after his arrest, and has continued to pass drug tests right up to the hour of his court hearing.
So Tuesday, Nick Fairley walked out of Government Plaza a free man... on the possession charge.
However, Fairley has already pleaded guilty to something else in Mobile... a DUI charge that he hopes will also be dismissed.
That decision will be made February 7th in Mobile Circuit Court.