Ramone Jardon Nickerson, an assistant at Tuskegee (D-II - AL), where he worked with the corners, has been arrested on some very serious federal drug and gun charges.
According to AL.com, Nickerson (who also played defensive back at Tuskegee, graduating in 2005) is charged with two counts of possessions with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one charge of possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. He's been indicted by a federal grand jury after being found with about 3 ounces of cocaine, a full pound of marijuana, and a .40 caliber handgun earlier this month.
The case was investigated by a number of local, state, and federal agencies, including the DEA, and is being prosecuted by the assistant US Attorney.
If convicted, Nickerson faces up to 20 years in a federal prison for the drug charges, and at least five years for the gun charge - both of which do not include an opportunity for parole.
This unfortunate situation serves as a cautionary reminder that as coaches we're all representatives of our program, school, and community and how important it is to make the right decisions day in and day out.
Head over to AL.com to read more on the situation.