The McLennan County District Attorney’s Office will not pursue misdemeanor marijuana possession charges against Baylor University wide receiver Robbie Rhodes. Rhodes was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence May 2 after a routine traffic stop in Waco. Waco attorney Jonathan Sibley said Baylor has been drug-testing Rhodes for about seven months and he never tested positive for drug use. Sibley said he showed those test results to the DA’s office, including a test administered two days before Rhodes was arrested, and convinced them he was not guilty. Rhodes also tested negative after his arrest, Sibley said. “Robbie didn’t have anything to do with it,” Sibley said. “Baylor runs a clean program, and it helps that they have been testing Robbie because that helped us present evidence to the district attorney to convince them that he had no connection to this drug activity that they accused him of and arrested him for.” Sibley said he appreciates how District Attorney Abel Reyna handled the case. “I think when they think that somebody has done something wrong, they are aggressive in prosecuting that individual,” Sibley said. “In this case, they were willing to look at the evidence we provided to them and they made the right decision in not charging him with the drug activity.” Reyna confirmed that, saying that after his office got the initial report from Waco PD about the charges, “we received additional, uncontroverted evidence supporting Mr. Rhodes’ claim that he had no knowledge of the drugs located in the vehicle he was operating.” Baylor athletics officials had no comment on the DA’s decision.
DA will not pursue drug charges against BU receiver
Waco Trib | Jun 4