Former Texas star running back and Houston Texans rookie D’Onta Foreman was arrested early Sunday in Austin on drug and weapons charges, The Austin American-Statesman and other media outlets reported.
Foreman was charged with marijuana possession and unlawful carrying of a weapon, both misdemeanors, and released on bond.
University of Texas police said in a statement that officers responded to a report of marijuana odor coming from three occupied cars parked outside a campus dormitory about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
Officers found marijuana in each vehicle and a firearm in one. Foreman was in one of the cars and identified by police as the owner of the firearm.
But in a statement released later Sunday, Foreman’s attorney, Chip Lewis, said that his client legally purchased the handgun, which was registered in his name and properly secured inside the vehicle “as required by Texas law.”
Lewis added that Foreman alerted the officer of the gun prior to a search of his vehicle and that the marijuana was not his and instead belonged to a passenger in the car.
“D’Onta did not use or possess the marijuana. Upon making his bond, he will submit to a urinalysis to confirm he has not used marijuana,” Lewis’ statement said.
Foreman, from Texas City, won the Doak Walker Award as a junior last season after rushing for 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was selected by the Texans in the third round of the NFL Draft.