Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas was a passenger in the car when Cliff Harris was pulled over for driving 118 mph in June, and the state patrolman asked Harris during the traffic stop, “Who’s got the marijuana in the car?”
Harris replied, “We smoked it all.”
These latest revelations from the incident that earned Harris a suspension for at least the season-opener against LSU in Cowboys Stadium came after KATU news in Portland obtained unedited dashboard camera footage from the patrol car for the June 12, 4:30 a.m. traffic stop.
Harris was driving a rented 2011 Nissan Altima with a suspended license. He has since paid $1,620 in fines for the driving violation. The car had been rented by an Oregon employee.
During the traffic stop, Harris said the car belonged to his “girlfriend.”
Oregon has made no statement on the matter other than announcing an indefinite suspension of Harris and that it was conducting its own investigation to see if NCAA rules were broken.
Harris has been practicing with the team during fall camp. Oregon coach Chip Kelly has said his status would be dependent on adherence to the football program’s rules.
On the video, Harris takes and passes a field sobriety test. Harris and Thomas were key pieces of a Ducks team that lost to Auburn in the national championship game.
But Harris denies there are any drugs in the car and later indicates it was another passenger — not Thomas — who was smoking the marijuana.
Harris earned All-American recognition last year as a cornerback and punt returner. He led the Pac-10 with six interceptions. Thomas earned second-team all-Pac-10 honors after throwing 30 touchdown passes as a first-year starter.
Kelly said Tuesday that Thomas would not be disciplined.
“I’m not punishing someone for being a passenger,” Kelly said.
It’s not the first time Thomas has been a passenger in a car driven by an Oregon player who has faced trouble.
Thomas was also with quarterback Jeremiah Masoli when he was pulled over last summer for a traffic infraction and marijuana was found in the car. Masoli, who had earlier pleaded guilty on an unrelated burglary charge, was dismissed from the team by Kelly.
Kelly said he believes Harris, who told the officer in the dashboard video that the marijuana was his cousin’s.
“I saw (on video) Cliff go through a sobriety test that the OS officer let him go on,” Kelly said. “He wasn’t charged with that.”
– Article Originally from ESPN.