Texans rookie running back D’Onta Foreman was arrested for unlawful carrying of weapons and possession of marijuana on Sunday, according to the University of Texas Police Department.
Cindy Posey, the Director of Communication for the University of Texas Police Department, said in a statement to NFL Media that “officers responded to a report of the smell of marijuana coming from three occupied vehicles” near a residential hall on campus at 12:24 a.m. on Sunday. After arriving to the scene, officers “discovered marijuana in each vehicle and also discovered a firearm in one of them.”
Foreman, the owner of the firearm, was subsequently arrested and booked into Travis County Jail. According to Travis County Sheriff’s Department PIO Kristen Dark, Foreman was released from the jail at 11:59 a.m. CT on a surety bond.
The Texans sent out a statement in response to the arrest, stating they “are aware of a situation involving D’Onta Foreman. We are gathering additional information and will have no further comment.”
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport obtained this statement from Foreman’s attorney Chip Lewis.
“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.”
Houston took Foreman in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The running back accumulated 2,028 yards on the ground in his junior season at Texas in 2016, and received the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back.