NFL free agent Bradshaw pleads no contest to Ohio pot charge

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Posted: May 11, 2015 12:25 PM
NFL free agent Bradshaw pleads no contest to Ohio pot charge

CINCINNATI (AP) — A veteran NFL running back with two Super Bowl rings has pleaded no contest and paid a fine to settle a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession.

Court documents at Eaton Municipal Court first obtained Monday by The Associated Press showed that Ahmad Bradshaw paid $351 in fines and costs under a plea agreement. His Ohio driving privileges were suspended for six months.

A second minor misdemeanor, a traffic charge, was dismissed.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the AP that Bradshaw's case will be reviewed "under our policies." Any potential punishment would depend on his status in the league's drug program.

Bradshaw, 29, is a free agent after playing the last two seasons for the Indianapolis Colts. He scored eight touchdowns with 725 total yards in 10 games in 2014 before suffering a season-ending fractured fibula. He played for two Super Bowl champions as a New York Giant.

He had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges from a Feb. 5 traffic stop in western Ohio by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Bradshaw's attorney confirmed the court records but declined to comment further Monday.

"Pretty much what's in the public record is what's there," said attorney David Williamson of Dayton.

The state police had sent several substances from the car for crime laboratory tests, but they found nothing illegal other than the small amount of marijuana.

Troopers said Bradshaw was stopped for following another vehicle too closely on Interstate 70 in western Ohio. Trooper J.A. Barhorst said in a statement that he "smelled the strong odor of raw marijuana" coming from inside the Cadillac after he pulled it over.

A no-contest plea means Bradshaw didn't contest the case against him. Municipal Court Judge Paul Henry then ruled him guilty.

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