In today’s exclusive, Real World Police brings you complete footage of the August 2018 arrest of former Baylor basketball star and very-recently-former Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers.
On Friday, August 31, 2018 at approximately 10:52 pm, Officers Wang and Moreno of the Frisco Police Department in Frisco, Texas were on bike patrol through the city’s Central Park when they detected a strong odor of burning marijuana. In the same area, they observed an adult male and female sitting together on a nearby bench.
The two officers rode over to make contact with the individuals, the odor becoming “very strong” as they neared. The individuals were identified as Ricardo “Rico” Gathers, then of the Dallas Cowboys and Ieshia Small, a professional basketball player.
The officers noted in their report that there was nobody else in the area and that all nearby vehicles were unoccupied. Gathers reportedly stated that he and Small had finished smoking a “cigarillo filled with marijuana and there was nothing left of it.”
When asked if he had more, Gathers replied by pointing to a green and purple “Juicy Hemp Wraps” package sitting next to him. Inside the package, Officer Wang observed a cigarillo filled with a green and leafy substance which he knew from his “training and experience” to be marijuana. Gathers claimed ownership of it and stated that he did not have any other contraband with him.
Despite his pleas for leniency, officers informed Gathers that he was under arrest and placed him in handcuffs, releasing Small from the scene and transporting Gathers to the Frisco Jail.
It was later determined that the total weight of the marijuana was 0.078 ounces (2.21 grams).
Rico Gathers ultimately entered into a plea deal, pleading guilty to a Class “C” misdemeanor in exchange for 90 days deferred adjudication, a $99 fine and court costs.
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