June 2, 2003
(Green Bay, Wisconsin-AP) -- Green Bay Packers defensive end Joe Johnson said today he wasn't in his car during a recent traffic stop in Georgia that resulted in a drug charge against him.
Johnson also strongly denied he was arrested and taken into custody.
He insinuated someone else was driving his silver Mercedes when it was pulled over in the early morning of May 22nd in Tifton.
The Tift County Sheriff's Office said in a report the offender, listed as Johnson, smelled of marijuana smoke and had marijuana in his vehicle.
Johnson later was charged with one misdemeanor count of possessing marijuana.
The 10-year NFL veteran, who is sidelined during the Packers minicamp that began today because of a triceps injury sustained last season, said his initial reaction was embarrassment and disappointment.
Johnson said he was only "in the area" of the incident that day.
He said he and several others involved with his New Orleans-based foundation for underprivileged youth were en route to Miami to put on a football clinic and other activities.