A pro-football player is facing charges of DUI-drugs stemming from a May arrest. T.J. McDonald, a safety for the Los Angeles Rams, was charged with one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs on Friday. The charges stem from McDonald’s arrest following a May traffic accident.
An Oct. 7 arraignment has been scheduled. If convicted, McDonald faces a maximum of 6-months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Though McDonald could be facing possible discipline by the Rams or the NFL, he was expected to start in the season-opening game against the Seattle Seahawks, which took place Sunday.
The Rams made a statement in which they said they were aware of the charges but declined to comment as it was an ongoing legal matter.
The accident, which occurred May 10th led to the arrest of 25-year-old McDonald. The car he was driving hit a parked vehicle. Police arrested him for being under the influence of a substance other than alcohol.
McDonald missed the first four games of 2015 due to a shoulder injury. He did not participate in any team organized activities in the off-season. He did show up for training camp in July and played in Week 1.
When asked if he was concerned about McDonald over the summer, Rams’ coach Jeff Fisher stated that they were worried about the issues the player was working through. He then stated that the Rams stood behind him knowing he would come back.
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