Alabama Crimson Tide’s freshman defensive back, Tony Mitchell, experienced a rough start to his spring break. He was arrested in Florida and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and/or deliver. The incident happened earlier this week while the team was on break.
Mitchell found himself in hot water while driving with another individual, Christopher Lewis, as his passenger. Authorities pulled the car over during a routine traffic stop in Holmes County, Florida, on Wednesday, March 15. The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office reported detecting the unmistakable odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Upon searching the car, officers discovered a substantial amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun, and a significant sum of cash. Both Mitchell and Lewis were taken into custody. In addition to the possession charge, Lewis faces a charge for carrying a concealed firearm without a permit.
The Alabama football team, still on spring break, has not yet issued a statement regarding the incident. However, the team is expected to return soon, with spring practice scheduled to commence on Monday.
Tony Mitchell was a highly-regarded recruit in the 2023 cycle, hailing from Alabaster, Alabama. The four-star prospect is among the 26 newcomers to the Crimson Tide roster who enrolled in January, intending to participate in spring practice. According to 247Sports, Mitchell was ranked as the No. 15 safety and No. 194 player overall in the 2023 recruiting class.
This unfortunate incident has cast a shadow over the promising young athlete’s early days with the Crimson Tide. As the team gears up for the start of spring practice, it remains to be seen what consequences Mitchell may face for his actions and how the situation will impact his future with the program.
Fifth Quarter will continue to monitor this developing story and provide updates as new information becomes available. The Alabama football community awaits an official statement from the team regarding Mitchell’s arrest and the potential implications for the upcoming season.