FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) - Video has been released by police of when former Razorback basketball player Dustin Thomas was cited for marijuana possession last month.
According to a Fayetteville Police Department incident report, Dustin Thomas was approached by officers as he sat in a car on a parking lot.
When Thomas was asked why he was there, he reportedly told officers he was talking to a girl, who police also noted was in the car.
An officer reported smelling an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked Thomas if there was anything illegal inside.
The report states that Thomas said no, that the cigar he had was a Black and Mild.
The officer said he warned Thomas about lying and told him if he handed over anything illegal, he would keep him from going to jail that evening.
Police say Thomas then handed over an envelope with marijuana and was issued a criminal citation to appear in court.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) - The Razorbacks will be without one of their starters the rest of the season.
Dustin Thomas was dismissed from the Razorback men's basketball team on Monday, according to a statement from head basketball coach Mike Anderson.
“Senior forward Dustin Thomas has been dismissed from the team effective immediately for a violation of team rules. It is a privilege to represent the University of Arkansas as a student-athlete. We will continue to hold the student-athletes in our program to a high standard on and off the court.”
Pig Trail Nation, KNWA and Fox 24 have found that Thomas was cited on Feb. 9 for possession of a controlled substance by the Fayettteville Police Department.
Thomas played the next day vs. Vanderbilt.
Thomas was issued a citation, rather than being arrested, due to his cooperation with the officer, according to the Fayetteville Police report.
Thomas was suspended to start the 2017-18 season for "a violation of team rules."
In 2015, while redshirting, Thomas was one of three players arrested for using counterfeit money at multiple locations.
Thomas played in 26 games this season, starting 17. The Texarkana, Texas native averaged 5.0 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game.