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Sam Shields Has Now Been Pinched

Probably fitting that the Green Bay Packers’ uniforms are green.

Their players certainly love themselves some green.

Injured cornerback Sam Shields has been charged with marijuana possession. This follows a similar incident involving receiver Geronimo Allison.

Shields was charged with possession of marijuana and of drug paraphernalia this week. The charges stem from an October 19 incident. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 24.

Like Allison, who didn’t know how to hide his marijuana, Shields was also pretty stupid. In fact, he was even more brazen.

Investigators from the Brown County Task Force went to Shields’ Ashwaubenon apartment Oct. 19 to investigate suspected delivery of marijuana through the mail, according to a criminal complaint. When an agent rang the doorbell, Shields answered the door while smoking a blunt, a marijuana-laced cigar, and had another in his pocket, the complaint says.

Naturally, Shields told officers the weed belonged to someone else — Justin J. Hamilton, who was also in his apartment at the time. Hamilton was also charged with possession of marijuana and of drug paraphernalia.

Shields potentially faces six months in jail for the marijuana charge and an additional 30 days for possession of the paraphernalia.

Unlike Allison’s situation, this one probably doesn’t matter much for the Packers. Shields has been on injured reserve for the majority of the season due to the effects of multiple concussions. He suffered his latest one in week 1 and hasn’t played since. In fact, we don’t expect him to ever play again.

Joseph Bonham

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  1. Brewtown Packer Backer January 13, 2017

    Brown County cops gotta get those quotas!

    1. Chad Lundberg January 13, 2017

      Ya! Who ever heard of upholding the law anyway!

  2. Howard January 13, 2017

    There is no question that it is the player or coaches responsibility to follow the laws and the terms of their contracts. I believe Rob Davis is head of player development. Among other responsibilities the player development department is around to assist players and maybe coaches in avoiding these type of issues. Is Rob Davis doing a good job? If he is doing a good job then the problems the Packers have with recreational drug and alcohol use must be rampant.

  3. George Washington January 13, 2017

    Just a short list of well known athletes that use cannabis: Tim Lincecum, Michael Phelps, Lebron James, Randy Moss, Jerome Simpson, Josh Howard, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ricky Williams, Michael Vick, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. They know it safer and less toxic and guess what, the Center for Disease Control agrees!

    Figures directly from the CDC on numbers of deaths per year in the US:
    * Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5,000 traffic fatalities
    * Tobacco: 390,323
    * Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
    * Cocaine: 4,906
    * Heroin: 7,200
    * Aspirin: 466
    * Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
    * Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems.

    So, which is safer? Legalize, regulate and TAX!

    1. KG January 13, 2017

      why do you assholes bother to add “regulate” and “tax” to your arguments? everybody with half a brain cell left realizes that that has nothing to do with what you want.

    2. Cheryl January 13, 2017

      The issue is not if it is safer . . but that it is ILLEGAL!!!!!! You don’t fight a law by breaking it . .

  4. George Washington January 13, 2017

    It is absolutely clear that cannabis is by far safer than alcohol, Legalize it!!

    1. PF4L January 13, 2017

      It’s also absolutely clear that players sign contracts that their Player Unions agreed to and that the players have agreed to abide by.

      But fans respond with things like legalize it, it’s safer than alcohol, he’s not hurting anybody, etc. Clearly show’s they don’t have a clue and should possibly regulate their own intake of THC.

  5. PF4L January 13, 2017

    So does Shields still have a concussion, or is he just too stoned to pass all the protocol test?

    1. icebowl January 13, 2017


  6. Ferris January 13, 2017

    It’s not mine….Geez just like when the cops would come to our high school keggers, and some 17 year old dipshit would answer the door as the spokesperson holding the solo cup of Natural Light.
    I was just holding it for a friend…did he not see the blue uniform through the peep hole? Must have been totally baked.

    1. PF4L January 13, 2017

      He forget to play the classic get out of jail free card…

      “Don’t you know who i am?”

  7. icebowl January 13, 2017

    You’d think that even the greenest rook in any sport has heard of how easily many promising careers have been destroyed by what would seem simple acts of spontaneous stupidity (like hiding from the cops behind a potted plant in a mall after firing a gun at a prostitute who asked for more than he wanted to pay)

    Yet, you read about it all the time…

    You think about it and it kinda makes sense.  Really young kids like Geronimo, isolated from most life experiences to get really good  at one thing…. Then it all pays off – they make it into a really elite group – professional athlete, one that many fail trying to join…

    Now comes the ego, but worse the money, and alot of times their watchdogs (family, friends….) Left to their own volition many of them are bound to do stupid things.

    I’ve always contended that pro athletes (or team owners who want to protect investments) would be wise to hire someone to be the equivalent of Jiminy Crickett – the cartoon gryllidae that tried to keep Pinocchio honest, whispering advice in his ear – to support these kids.

    It’d be a job from hell with lots of temptations, but should demand a really good salary for the ones who can do it right….

  8. PF4L January 14, 2017

    Good points ice.

    But here’s the thing….Both the NFL and the NFLPA hire groups to teach these guys how to handle all of that. Money, fame, temptations, being smart with their conduct, bringing veteran players in to speak with them, counsel them. They do what they can. Some even hire the big stars baby sitters, to keep an eye on them.