UT’s John Kelly, Will Ignont cited after marijuana found during traffic stop, suspended from Kentucky game

Tennessee running back John Kelly (4) is seen in the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Two University of Tennessee football players were cited after drugs were found during a traffic stop Tuesday night. Coach Butch Jones announced Wednesday afternoon they both will be suspended from this Saturday’s upcoming game against Kentucky.

Knoxville police say Vols star running back John Kelly was driving a vehicle on Cumberland Avenue around 10:46 p.m. Will Ignont, a linebacker was passenger in the car.

Will Ignont (Photo: UT Athletics)

The two were pulled over during a traffic stop near 11th Street after police noticed a headlight was out. When the window was rolled down, the police say a strong smell came from the vehicle.

According to the report, the officer asked Kelly and Ignont to step out of the vehicle and the players consented to the vehicle being searched.

A clear plastic bag of what appeared to be marijuana was found in the center console. KPD says there were 4.6 grams in the bag. Officers also found a glass pipe. According to the report, neither players claimed ownership of the bag and pipe. Because the items were in the console between the pair, officers decided to cite each one with one of the items found.

Both were cited and allowed to leave. They must turn themselves in for booking at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office by Nov. 7 at 7:30 a.m.

Kelly was cited for possession of a Schedule 6 drug (a misdemeanor), not having a headlight and not having proof of insurance.

Ignont was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia; which is a misdemeanor.

Coach Jones issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon stating: “John Kelly and Will Ignont will be suspended for the Kentucky game as a result of the incident on Tuesday night. Members of our football team have a responsibility to represent the University of Tennessee in a first-class manner. I met with John and Will and they understand their actions were unacceptable.”

The Vols travel to Lexington this weekend to take on Kentucky in an SEC East battle.

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