Riders’ DB Nic Marshall arrested on gun possession charge in Georgia

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Veteran Saskatchewan Roughriders’ cornerback Nic Marshall is facing a charge of gun possession following an arrest earlier this week in Columbus, Ga., according to a report from local television station WRBL.

The 31-year-old was pulled over by police while driving with a female companion, Lanequa Breshay Borders, on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 8. Both occupants were arrested after police allegedly found an “automatic handgun that had been modified” in the vehicle.

According to AL.com, Marshall has been charged with “possession of a sawed-off shotgun, sawed-off rifle, dangerous weapon, or silencer.” In the state of Georgia, that felony charge carries a five-year prison sentence. None of the allegations have been proven in court.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders issued the following statement regarding the allegations.

The Roughriders were made aware Sunday night through media reports that Nic Marshall was arrested on a gun possession charge in Georgia.

The club is disappointed and taking this matter seriously. We are currently gathering more information.

Marshall played 17 games for the Riders in 2023, making 31 defensive tackles and tying a career-high with five interceptions. He is scheduled to hit free agency this off-season.

The six-foot-one, 207-pound cornerback has played five seasons in the CFL, first joining the Riders ahead of the 2018 season and earning West Division all-star honours in 2021. In 77 career games, he has amassed 150 defensive tackles, 20 interceptions, and one forced fumble, while also contributing seven rushing touchdowns in his rookie year.

The native of Pineview, Ga. was a college quarterback at Auburn University where he famously led the team to an upset over No. 1-ranked Alabama in the 2013 Iron Bowl and won the SEC Championship. After going unselected in the 2015 NFL Draft, Marshall converted to defensive back and spent parts of two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets before a stint with the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League.