Alabama DA refuses to prosecute football stars on weapons, drug charges because it will ‘ruin their lives’

A Louisiana DA has dropped weapons and drugs charges against two Alabama football players – claiming he doesn’t want to ‘ruin their lives’.

Sophomores Cam Robinson and Laurence ‘Hootie’ Jones were arrested in May at a park in Monroe, Louisiana.

Authorities said they found a bag of marijuana and two guns, including one that had been stolen, inside their car.

But DA Jerry Jones declined to prosecute them Monday citing insufficient evidence – and telling KNOE he didn’t want to affect the potential careers that Robinson and Jones have built in football.

Sophomores Cam Robinson (pictured) and Laurence 'Hootie' Jones were arrested in May at a park in Monroe, Louisiana and faced weapons and drugs charges  Jones (pictured) and Robinson faced weapons and drugs charges until a DA declined to prosecute them on Monday

‘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,’ Jones told the station.

‘They did it, they’ve been successful, I wish them well in their future endeavors and I don’t think this should be a strike against them.’

A police officer approached a car with Robinson and Jones inside after smelling marijuana, ESPN reported based on the police report.

Authorities say the officer found a bag of marijuana in the vehicle as well as two guns, one of which was determined to be stolen.

Robinson faced a felony stolen firearms charge and both men faced other misdemeanor charges, according to ESPN.

Jones told KNOE there were four people in the car and he didn’t think it would be possible to prove who had been responsible for the items inside.

Alabama coach Nick Saban hasn’t announced a punishment for Jones and Robinson and told Al.com in May that discipline didn’t have to involve punishment.

‘If we can change their behavior based on what we do, that would be the purpose of discipline,’ Saban said.

‘Discipline is not necessarily just punishment, which a lot of people view it that way. It’s how do you change somebody’s behavior so they have a better chance to be successful.

‘That’s the way we’ve always done it. That’s the way we always try to do it. That’s the way I like to do it with my own children. I think that’s the way most parents like to do it with their own children.’

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