Alabama Crimson Tide running back Dee Hart was arrested Sunday night and is no longer with the team. He was charged with marijuana possession and giving false information to police.
Tuscaloosa Police were initially called to a gas station after an attendant reported a customer using counterfeit money. When they arrived, officers questioned Hart about the fake currency. After giving a fake name to the police, he was taken into custody.
When escorting Hart from the squad car, officers reported smelling cannabis in the backseat. Hart had allegedly tried to dump the marijuana in the car before entering the police station. Per Tuscaloosa News:
“When officers opened the door to let Hart out of the vehicle to be processed, they smelled a very strong odor of marijuana coming from the back seat area,” [police spokesman Sgt. Brent] Blankley wrote in press release sent Monday. “Officers located a Ziploc bag containing eight grams of marijuana beside his feet.”
Hart was reportedly processed for the misdemeanors at 9:20 p.m. and released approximately an hour later.
In a statement from the Crimson Tide Athletic Department, officials informed that Hart has not been with the program since Alabama’s Sugar Bowl appearance in January.
“Dee Hart has not been a part of the football team since the bowl game and has not participated in any of the off season program. Hopefully he will learn from this mistake and continue to work toward completing his degree, which he is on track to do by the summer.”
During his sophomore campaign, Hart recorded only 22 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown. He entered Alabama as a a five-star recruit out of Orlando, FL, and was the No. 1 running back from the 2011 recruiting class.