Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana last month. The offense stems from a traffic stop and arrest back in September.
According to Cohen, the incident occurred on Sept. 4, 2016 — after Allison failed to make the Packers’ 53-man roster, but before he cleared waivers and was added to the practice squad. The 22-year-old was allegedly pulled over for speeding when a search of his vehicle produced the marijuana.
Apparently, Allison somehow managed to keep the arrest and charges quiet all this time. Otherwise, the Packers likely wouldn’t have bothered keeping him around after his release.
As an undrafted rookie out of Illinois, Allison wouldn’t have held enough sway with the organization for any kind of trouble with the law to go overlooked. Instead, he found his way on to the scout team and wound up making his NFL debut in Week 8, finishing the regular season with 12 catches for 202 yards and a touchdown.
Allison was one of the heroes of the Packers’ Week 17 victory over the Detroit Lions. He had 4 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown in helping Green Bay clinch the NFC North championship.
Now it becomes a question of whether Allison will continue to aid a Packers title run. Cohen’s report states the organization has no comment at this time, which certainly makes sense if they’ve been in the dark. Now that Allison is ingrained in the offense and the team is in the playoffs though, he’s become much more difficult to part ways with.
Considering Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is questionable to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the need is greater than ever before. Allison only caught 1 pass for 8 yards in his first postseason game, but his role could be that much bigger this week — that is, assuming he’s still around.