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Cops: NFL Star Was High on Drugs, Carrying Gun

1/18/2011 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Denver Broncos running back Laurence Maroney was high on drugs AND in possession of a firearm when cops arrested him in St. Louis last night ... this according to law enforcement.

Laurence Maroney Arrested

The St. Louis PD tells TMZ ... 25-year-old Maroney was arrested for possession of marijuana and unlawful use of a weapon.

Cops say while Maroney has a valid "Conceal and Carry" permit -- he was arrested for packing the gun while under the influence of drugs.

Maroney was in a car with 5 other people late Monday night when cops say they observed "several occupants" of the vehicle smoking what was believed to be marijuana.

Five of the six people in the car were arrested and three firearms were discovered during the bust ... including two handguns and a rifle. It's unclear which gun cops have associated with Maroney. 

Maroney's rep had released a statement saying, "Mr. Maroney was unlawfully arrested for possession of weapons. He holds a permit to carry a concealed weapon and he had his permit on his person when he was arrested."

The rep added, "He was not arrested for any drugs nor was he involved in a high speed chase. He was released without being charged with any offense and we do not anticipate he will be charged with any criminal offense."

UPDATE: The Broncos tell TMZ they know about Maroney's arrest but have no comment for now.

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46.

SavannahTom    

I would call him an NFL player, not an NFL star. He is far from a star and probably now an ex-NFL player.

1343 days ago
47.

Yvette    

You guys are some of the most moronic people ever. You're absolutely right the "white man" gets the blame. When's the last time you heard of a white person being arrested for having a gun with a permit? Go ahead, take your time... I'll wait. Oh, and they were smoking what appeared to be marijuana. So, you're telling me none of these well trained police officers could confirm it. Oh no- not another black man not in prison. Find, seek, destroy.

1342 days ago
48.

Omari    

Can someone please explain to the tea bag party and all of their fellow tea bagged good ol' boys that African American's mess up just like everyone else. If you think white boys dont mess up, try remebering these guys: Curt Koban (drug OD)...Goerge Bush (drugs and being plain out dumb)....Big Rush (drugs)....brett Farve (drugs and exposing himself to lady who is not his wife. Big Ben (Rape!!). West Virgina good ol boys poking their mom and sister. All of these black trench coat crazy crakers. Look yourself in the mirror!!

1336 days ago
49.

Omari    

#51 your right. Yall dont get arrest for most of the crime you commit...including gun possesion. What you all do is take your children to gun shows...let the handle a load fully automatic weapon...and then wonder why your chlid has blown his head off. Brilliant!! When it come down to it, white men are pissed at black men for one main reason. White women love to get nailed by us black guys!! And I dont descriminate...white girls do anything...unless you are Big Ben in a club bathroom.

1336 days ago
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Ashley    

What does Marijuana have to do with anything? I know plenty of people that smoke pot and don't carry around guns. It's really getting irritating when IGNORANT people use pot as a defense for their own STUPID actions. Pot is NOT the enemy..Ignorance and Stupidity are.

1146 days ago
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