Why the DA is dropping charges against Alabama's Cam Robinson, Hootie Jones

The charges against Alabama football players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones stemming from a traffic stop on April 17 have been dropped by the district attorney in Louisiana's 4th district.

Robinson, the star left tackle for the Crimson Tide, was facing two misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana and illegally carrying a firearm in addition to a felony charge of possession of a stolen firearm, while Jones -- a reserve defensive back -- was charged with two misdemeanors. On Monday, those charges were dropped, and Louisiana district attorney Jerry D. Jones, who cited insufficient evidence, further explained his reasoning for declining to prosecute the two players.

"I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I'm doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning," said Jones to KNOE News.

The two players were pulled over on May 17 and the officer that stopped them found a bag of marijuana on the floorboard and a stolen handgun under the driver's seat, according to the police affidavit. Nick Saban and Alabama said they would wait on the legal process to run its course before deciding on a punishment for Robinson and Jones. The school has yet to release a statement regarding the charges being dropped.

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Alabama's starting left tackle had weapons and possession charges dropped on Monday. USATSI
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Robby Kalland covers college football and golf for CBS Sports; he also dabbles in boxing, mixed martial arts and other sports. Prior to joining CBS in 2015, Robby spent time working for the Atlanta Hawks,... Full Bio

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