Drug Charges Against Thomas Dismissed..............
Bears' Thomas can get drug charge dismissed
Linebacker must complete mandated classes before Aug. 29
By Vaughn McClure, Chicago Tribune reporter 12:21 a.m. CDT, May 25, 2012
Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas likely will be cleared of a misdemeanor drug possession charge before the regular season begins, provided he completes the terms of a deferred sentence.
Thomas was arrested Feb. 13 and charged with possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana after being pulled over for driving the wrong way on a one-way street in Morgantown, W.Va. Thomas played in college at West Virginia.
According to Monongalia County Magistrate Court records, prosecution of Thomas' case has been delayed for six months. He paid a $165.80 fine and has to complete Morgantown Area Youth Services Project classes — typically an eight-hour obligation. A motion to dismiss the charge can be filed Aug. 29 on Thomas' behalf if he has completed the classes.
A court representative said Thomas can have the charge expunged from his record one year from the date of the offense.
Thomas expressed regret for his mistake.
"You just come out, start all over again and just work your way through it,'' he said. "You have to deal with issues that come up. You just try to stay focused on your main goal, and that's being a positive teammate and contributing the best way I can.''
Thomas seems unlikely to face league discipline, although NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Thursday the matter is still under review. Thomas was on the field for the start of organized team activities this week.
"Everything is good to go,'' he said. "That's why I'm out here with my teammates. When you go through things like that, you just have to refocus, and I'm honed in and growing up. Now things are going smoothly.''
Thomas, a sixth-round draft pick in 2011, spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a back injury. He has a chance to make the roster after the Bears didn't draft a linebacker, although they did add veteran Geno Hayes.