Published on December 15th, 2015 |1
Ole Miss football player charged with pot possession after fall from hotel
Fox 5 news reported Nkemdiche fell from a fourth-floor window at the hotel at around 11:20 p.m. Police say Nkemdiche broke the window, walked approximately 15 feet, climbed over a wall and fell approximately 15 feet at 3300 Peachtree Road in Buckhead.
Nkemdiche fell from his fourth-floor Buckhead hotel room because he was allegedly under the influence of synthetic marijuana, according to a report. Nkemdiche allegedly became paranoid and was convinced someone was chasing after him, causing him to break out a double window and fall out of it, Fox Sports says.
The Ole Miss defensive lineman, who is expected to be a top-10 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital after the fall, according to police reports. Most recently, the junior was selected along with two other Ole Miss players on the AP All American Team.
“Contrary to a report by FOX Sports, I did not use synthetic drugs,” Nkemdiche said in a statement released Wednesday. “I am a very spiritual person, and drugs have no place in my belief system.”
The FOX Sports report Tuesday claimed Nkemdiche was under the influence of synthetic marijuana when he fell out of his fourth-story room at the Hyatt in Buckhead.
“I realize the dangers of drugs and alcohol and regret the lapse in judgment,” Nkemdiche said in his statement.
An Atlanta police report claims that an officer who entered Nkemdiche’s room discovered “approximately 7 rolled marijuana cigarettes, rolled in Cigarillo Blunt papers.” Additionally, the officer noted the room was in “complete disarray.”
Nkemdiche graduated in 2013 from Grayson High School in Loganville. He was the No. 4 defensive line player in the country and helped his high school team win the 2011 state championship with a record of 15-0.
The University of Mississippi head coach Hugh Freeze released the following statement to Channel 2 Action News: “We are still learning about the matter, but obviously Robert’s wellbeing is our greatest concern.”
Nkemdiche was discovered on the pavement near the hotel’s valet parking area by a passerby, who reported the incident to 911 and reportedly said Nkemdiche was bleeding and incoherent.
Darla Allen, who was in the room right above Nkemdiche, told WSB-TV, “I heard the glass breaking, breaking, breaking and then it was quiet for a little while and then I heard some more breaking.”
She said she thought about calling the front desk right after hearing the glass break, but then she heard people talking.
“I could hear a little bit of voices low, I got scared, I didn’t want them to hear me because my room is actually a locked off adjoining room and so I got nervous about that so I just laid there and then I heard more noises so I peeked out the window and I could see glass,” Allen told Channel 2 news.
Nkemdiche was booked into the Atlanta jail after being treated at Grady hospital. He later posted bold and was released from jail.