First, here is an official news release relayed to me by the news team at 1040 WHO in Des Moines:
OWA STATE PATROL CITES ADAM ROBINSON FOR POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA
Des Moines, IOWA — On December 27, 2010, at approximately 10:45 p.m., a Trooper with the Iowa State Patrol stopped a vehicle for no front plate on East 4th Street, south of Des Moines Street in Des Moines.
The driver was identified as Ermin Zornic, age 20, and the passenger as Adam Robinson, age 21. During his initial approach to the vehicle, the Trooper detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and marijuana was found inside the vehicle.
Zornic, the driver, was charged with Possession With Intent to Deliver Marijuana and OWI charges are pending toxicology tests. He was incarcerated in the Polk County Jail.
Mr. Robinson was cited for possession of marijuana and released on his own recognizance with a promise to appear in court on January 5, 2011, at 1:00 p.m.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Robinson was suspended from the team earlier this month by Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. Here is what Ferentz said related to Robinson at that time:
Q. Do you expect Adam back?
COACH FERENTZ: That’s a personal conversation. But my anticipation is he’ll be back here in January.
Q. (Question regarding Adam’s situation.)
COACH FERENTZ: We had an incident a week ago, I think that’s welldocumented what that was all about. My sense again, I don’t go on the message boards, my sense from the feedback I’ve gotten, a lot of people have lumped all three players together. It sounds like the number is bigger than three. If that is accurate, then that’s news to me.
As I think Gary said earlier, we don’t anticipate anything or announcements on arrests. We expect the rest of the players to go down to the bowl and expect them to practice and compete well.
Then this regarding Robinson: “Adam Robinson is a good guy. He just has not been taking care of business the way I expect him to. It’s a simple equation. He got to the point. He was approaching that point a couple weeks ago, as evidenced in the Ohio State game, him not participating at the front end. In my estimation, he wasn’t learning fast enough from that point on. To the best of my knowledge, he’ll be eligible for the game unless he fails to take his finals. I don’t anticipate that. It’s not a matter of eligibility. It’s a matter of him following up the way I feel he should.”