Tenpenny due in court on drug charge

April, 2, 2014
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Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny is due in court in North Little Rock, Ark., on April 10 to face charges for possession of a controlled substance.

Tenpenny, a former four-star recruit who was primarily a backup and special teams player for the Crimson Tide as a freshman last season, received a citation from North Little Rock Police at 2:21 a.m. on March 24. According to the incident report, Tenpenny was pulled over for having a faulty license plate light when the officer smelled what he believed to be marijuana.

The report states that Tenpenny told the officer he “smoked a blunt” with his older brother an hour earlier. The officer asked if there was any additional marijuana in the car and Tenpenny said there was not, according to the report. The officer searched the car and found a substance he suspected to be marijuana. The “whole drug quantity” was reported as two grams, to which Tenpenny allegedly said he was the owner, the report states.

Tenpenny was later released by officers, was given a citation and told to report to court on April 10 at 9:30 a.m.

"I’m aware of the situation with Altee and this is obviously not the kind of behavior we expect from our players," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "In addition to any punishment he may receive from a legal standpoint, we will have some internal discipline as well as education that he will be responsible for working through.”

The sophomore tailback has participated in spring practice at Alabama since the incident. He is expected to be one of a handful of backups to incumbent starter T.J. Yeldon in 2014.

Alex Scarborough | email

Alabama/SEC reporter

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