That escalated quickly. Actually, no, it escalated slowly, but Green Bay Packers tight end Lance Kendricks is now facing criminal drug charges.
The charge, which is still unclear, stems from a 2017 traffic stop. Kendricks was speeding and found to have weed in his glove box.
Kendricks was initially cited for possession, which would simply end up in a fine. However, that charge was dismissed last week. It would appear Kendricks is now potentially in more trouble.
And why? That’s about as clear as mud at this point.
Here’s what the Press-Gazette has reported.
The district attorney’s office on Wednesday confirmed it expects to charge Kendricks in the near future in connection to a state trooper’s discovery of marijuana in Kendricks’ vehicle during a 2017 traffic stop on Interstate 41.
During the traffic stop, Kendricks was just given a warning for speeding. The original marijuana charge wasn’t filed until December.
Once this is all figured out, Kendricks will no doubt be suspended by the league.
Receiver Geronimo Allison was suspended one game for a weed charge in 2017. Running back Aaron Jones got two games to open this season for the same thing.
What will complicate things for Kendricks even more is he’s in the final year of his contract with the Packers. These suspensions don’t usually hit until the beginning of the following season. Couple that with his diminishing returns as a player and it’s unclear why the Packers would consider bringing Kendricks back.
Kendricks has seven catches for 67 yards and a touchdown this season. He also has at least two dropped passes.