Falcons' DT Babineaux pleads to misdemeanor pot charge

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux was sentenced to 12 months probation and fined $1,500 on one count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana, a positive development that he can only hope leads to leniency from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

As Alex Marvez of Fox Sports first reported, a felony charge of marijuana possession was reduced to three misdemeanor counts. Babineaux pleaded no conest to one count and the other two were suspended. Provided Babineaux keeps his nose clean during probation, the other two counts will not be prosecuted.

“I think instead of fighting the charge, he wanted to get it behind him and focus on the season,” Babineaux’s attorney Pat McDonough told Marvez.

Now, Babineaux, the main cog in the Falcons’ line, must await word from the league on possible discipline. Given that it was just a misdemeanor, that should benefit him.

In full disclosure, Babineaux’s agent is Jack Bechta, a co-founder of the National Football Post and a regular contributor to the site.

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