UTM football player Kyle Pavlick, 19, of Orland Park, Ill., was arraigned Thursday Nov. 19 in Weakley County General Sessions Court on charges of simple possession of marijuana, simple possession of Schedule III drugs and drug paraphernalia after being cited while in his room at Browning Hall.
UTM Department of Public Safety officers David Sliger and Guy Pryor responded to Browning Hall after a student resident assistant told the police that he could smell what he believed to be marijuana coming from a third-floor room in Browning. When the officers arrived at the room, they, too, smelled what they believed was marijuana and found five people in the dorm room.
Pavlick was the only person present at the time who lived in the dorm room. The other four individuals were also identified as members of the football team.
After being informed of his rights, Pavlick signed a consent-to-search form, allowing the police to search his room.
Police said the search found: a small plastic bag believed to contain marijuana, a burnt marijuana cigarette, rolling papers, a metal canister with marijuana seeds and stems, one glass pipe with marijuana residue, one water pipe with marijuana residue, one bottle of liquid steroids, and two hypodermic needles.
Pavlick told the officers that all of the confiscated items were his and admitted to having smoked marijuana just before the arrival of the officers. No contraband was located on any of the other people present in the room. Pavlick’s roommate arrived while the officers were investigating and police determined that the roommate had no involvement in the incident and found no contraband on the roommate’s side of the room.
Director of Sports Information, Joe Lofaro, commented about Pavlick’s status with the program. “Pavlick is dismissed from the team,” Lofaro told The Pacer.
Lofaro also said that the athletics department has a very serious stance when it comes to alcohol or drug charges.
“If anybody (athlete) is found guilty of drug or alcohol offenses in the court system on their first offense, they are suspended from the team’s first contest and suspended from all team activities (meetings, practices, etc.) for one week,” Lofaro said. Punishments for a first offense can be more serious if deemed necessary.
Pavlick, who will be defended by attorney Donald Ruis of Dresden, will appear again before Weakley County General Sessions Court on Dec. 8. None of the other football players were charged in the incident.