Canadian defensive tackle David Onyemata has been arrested and issued a misdemeanour citation for illegal possession of marijuana according to a report by the New Orleans Advocate.
Onyemata, who was drafted by New Orleans in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft, just finished his third season with the Saints in which he played in all 16 regular season games making 35 tackles and registering 4.5 sacks. He has one year remaining on his rookie deal.
According to the story, police received a tip that “that a quantity of marijuana products” would be found at a New Orleans address and obtained a warrant. A search conducted on Jan. 29 found “marijuana, cannabis oil, marijuana edibles and hemp powder,” and led to Onyemata’s arrest. He received a summons to appear in court at a later date.
Onyemata was the top-ranked prospect before the 2016 CFL draft after an excellent university career at the University of Manitoba. Despite never having seen a football game in his native Kenya before arriving in Winnipeg, Onyemata blossomed to win the 2015 J. P. Metras Trophy as the top down lineman in Canadian university football.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders were able to snag Onyemata in the fourth round (35th overall) in the CFL draft because of the high level of NFL interest. They would retain his rights should he ever return to Canada to play.
NFL discipline surrounding marijuana is all over the map, though a positive in-game test carries an automatic four-game suspension. The CFL does not test for marijuana, which became legal in Canada last year.