NCAA: Alabama RB Altee Tenpenny Charged with Marijuana Possession

Alabama Crimson Tide running back Altee Tenpenny has been charged with marijuana possession. 

Andrew Gribble of AL.com wrote more about the development on April 2: 

“Alabama sophomore running back Altee Tenpenny was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance in his hometown  North Little Rock, Ark., during spring break. 

“According to the incident report, Tenpenny was pulled over March 24 because of an ‘inoperational license plate light.’ After the officer detected ‘the odor of burnt marijuana,’ Tenpenny, who was described by the arresting officer as ‘extremely nervous,’ told the officer he ‘smoked a blunt’ earlier in the night but initially denied that there was any in the vehicle. 

“A search of the vehicle ultimately unveiled a clear plastic bag filled with 2.1 grams of marijuana. Tenpenny then admitted to knowing of its existence and was transported to the police station. He was released with a citation.”

According to Alex Scarborough of ESPN, the North Little Rock Police Department gave Tenpenny the citation at 2:21 a.m. on March 24. 

Gribble says Tenpenny is set for a court appearance on April 10 — a date which is pegged between two spring practices. The court date is at 9:30 a.m., per Scarborough. 

The AL.com report also includes a statement from Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban, who says Tenpenny will be the subject of internal discipline.

“I’m aware of the situation with Altee and this is obviously not the kind of behavior we expect from our players.

“In addition to any punishment he may receive from a legal standpoint, we will have some internal discipline as well as education that he will be responsible for working through.”  

Tenpenny suited up in all 13 games for the Crimson Tide last season as a true freshman, mainly on special teams. He had 82 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries, Gribble adds. 

He has “typically lined up behind T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake during the Crimson Tide’s running back drills,” per Gribble. 

Tenpenny is the third Alabama running back from last season’s roster to be arrested in 2014. Dee Hart and Alvin Kamara were no longer with the Crimson Tide when they were taken in by authorities, the AL.com report goes on to say. 

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