Cardinal Basketball

Jaylen Johnson Pleads Guilty To Marijuana Possession Charge

Chris Humphrey

Some unfortunate news regarding the Louisville Cardinal basketball program surfaced on Wednesday afternoon. Forward Jaylen Johnson entered a guilty plea in Woodford County, Kentucky, for a charge of marijuana possession.

WLEX in Lexington was the first to report the news. Johnson will pay a fine of $260.50 by April 24 in connection with the case.

Following Louisville’s NCAA Tournament loss to Michigan, Johnson announced that he’d test the NBA Draft waters, but not hire an agent. along with teammates Donovan Mitchell and Deng Adel.

Johnson is expected to return and was likely just going through the pre-draft process in order to receive feedback from NBA teams. He averaged 8.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in 2016-17 as a junior.

Shortly after the news became public, UofL spokesman Kenny Klein said they just became aware of the matter and have addressed it internally.



  1. Michael Joseph Weimer

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Can something go right

  2. Gregory McFarland

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    R u kiddn me wow jus terrible

  3. Katherine Coomer

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Send him packing….

  4. Christopher Gilkey

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Not a big deal

  5. Daniel Smith

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    260 dollar fine. Non violent. Who cares

  6. Kevin Gittings

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Send a college kid packing because he had weed? Seriously?

  7. Chad Allen

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    It’s 2017 and a college kid with weed. Who gives a shit? Should be legal anyways!

  8. Brandon Goff

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    don’t send him packing, but he should no better, it SHOULD be legal but when your in college taking college classes and playing college basketball weed and other silly things like that have to be sacrificed, it’s not worth the risk

  9. Jerry Sampson

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    The program has enuff black eyes without this stupid shit

  10. Scotty Sexton

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Not a fan of uofl but I gotta say this is stupid. The shit should be legal anyway.

  11. Michael R. Gary

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    I willing to bet that 98.999% of the kids on any campus across ‘Merica would be guilty of the same crime.

  12. Lisa Mcfarland

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    It was not the smartest thing to do obviously, but hell who hasn’t smoked a little weed in their time

  13. Mary Barrett

    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    So what

  14. David Barnett

    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Good grief! Every player in the league smokes. How is this news?

  15. Alvin Thomas

    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    God said that He Among you that is without Sin then Let them cast the First Stone !!! If you are a real Cards Fan then you will know that we don’t turn our backs on our Children and these are our children people. So don’t Judge them , Help them !!!

  16. Jerry Pierce

    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Might help his shot a little better ,,, GO CARDS,,,,

  17. Nate Warren

    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    But if he drank some alcohol no one would say anything… messed up world we live in

  18. Joe Holbrook

    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Say good bye.
    Rick will send him down the road.

  19. Nathan Tyrone Allen

    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:33 pm


  20. Cristina Griffis

    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Right Lisa Mcfarland. People its not the end of the world.

  21. Wesley Kalkhof

    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Eh who cares, better than a DUI. Its just weed people

  22. Brandon Bennett

    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    There is nothing wrong with marijuana. Better than steroids or drinking alcohol. It’s medicine not a drug

  23. Tim Sullivan

    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Lol he ain’t the only one

  24. Thomas Berryman Jr

    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Hell no its probably most college kids

  25. Jimmy Caple

    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:55 pm


  26. Ryan J. Henderson

    Apr 20, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Reading some of these comments let’s me know one thing. We have some dumb UofL fans.

  27. Samiul Choudhury

    Apr 20, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Wish people that are saying this is a non-issue would have said the same thing for Chane Behanan

  28. Lance Monday

    Apr 20, 2017 at 12:33 am

    How have the times changed. Everyone was wanting Chane’s head for his possession charge’ and ended up getting kicked off the team. Now Johnson has one and it’s no longer a big deal..smh

    • Cory Bowman

      Apr 20, 2017 at 1:04 am

      Chane had other issues going on. Not just weed. So…

    • Lance Monday

      Apr 20, 2017 at 1:04 am


    • Cory Sauer

      Apr 20, 2017 at 1:21 am

      Chanes issues were know by Rick, and thats why he got the boot not assumptions

    • Lance Monday

      Apr 20, 2017 at 1:23 am

      Known by Rick’ rick never said he got kicked of foenother reasons on top of his possession charge’ s. So everyone making statements about “other things” are assumptions

  29. Gregory McFarland

    Apr 20, 2017 at 1:13 am

    And also we have some dumb players

  30. Tony Burnett

    Apr 20, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Explains the inconsistency!!

  31. Chris Curry

    Apr 20, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Not high enough to not miss the dunk against Jacksonville State! IJS

  32. Matt Bryant

    Apr 20, 2017 at 3:54 am

    I understand it’s a down period right now but I think someone is just trying to create news. This is equivalent to a speeding ticket. Pay the fine, move on and keep smoking your pot. End of story!

  33. Gary Andemiglio

    Apr 20, 2017 at 4:27 am

    In lexington the police are die hard uk fans so we will never hear about what they do. Louisville metro is 50/50 UL uk and woodford county is 100% uk. Silly driving dirty in blueneck country

  34. Jesse Cayce

    Apr 20, 2017 at 6:17 am

    I like him even more now

  35. Richard Wisdom

    Apr 20, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Jaylen smoked a blunt and has a smoke sack….sounds like a normal 21 year old

  36. James Meredith

    Apr 20, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Meanwhile in wood ford county police let heroin dealers and pill pushers keep dealing to your kids.

  37. Tom Crellin

    Apr 20, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Alex Fevola my boys are OG

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