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Wright faces second marijuana charge

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 13, 2008

Browns defensive back Kenny Wright's April 3 arrest in Pearland, Texas was not his first post-season brush with the law.

Brazoria County (Texas) district attorney Jeri Yenne said Tuesday that Wright already had a marijuana possession charge pending when he was picked up last month in Pearland, a Houston suburb.

Wright was charged March 1 with Class B misdemeanor possession, which is less than two ounces.

According to a probable cause statement obtained from Brazoria County, he was pulled over at 2:50 a.m. in a black Mercedes S550 for driving 51 mph in a 35 mph zone in Pearland. The dispatcher advised the officer that Wright had ''two confirmed warrants'' through the Harris County Constable's Office, so Wright was arrested. Before his car was towed, a clear plastic bag containing .25 ounces of marijuana was found in the trunk.

A hearing on the March charge is scheduled for June 27.

On April 3, Wright was arrested for a disturbance outside a police station after a quarter-mile foot chase and charged with unlawful restraint, evading arrest and possession of marijuana. The unlawful restraint charge is a Class A misdemeanor, while the others are Class B. A court date has not been set in that case.

At rookie minicamp on May 2, general manager Phil Savage said Wright remained on the team and that the Browns had been in touch with the league about Wright. Wright has played for five teams in his nine-year NFL career.

Asked Tuesday to comment on the prior incident via email, Savage said, ''Yes, we're aware of his situation. There is nothing else to report at this time.''

An NFL spokesman would not comment on whether Wright would face sanctions under the league's substance abuse policy, saying that was ''premature'' because he has only been charged.

Players began off-season training activities Tuesday and the first session open to the media is Wednesday.

On the final depth chart of 2007, Wright was listed as the backup to rookie Eric Wright at right cornerback. Kenny Wright played in only seven games last season with one start and was inactive for seven games. He finished with three tackles, a quarterback pressure and three special teams tackles.

Cleveland is very thin in the secondary after starting cornerback Leigh Bodden was sent to Detroit in a trade for defensive lineman Shaun Rogers. Late-October pickup Ricardo Colclough departed for Carolina in free agency and no defensive backs were selected in the draft. Daven Holly and Brandon McDonald are expected to compete for Bodden's spot.

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