Mulkey arrested for marijuana possession

Updated: December 30, 2003, 7:20 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO -- A Nebraska football player was arrested early Tuesday on marijuana possession and other charges following the Cornhuskers' 17-3 win over Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl.

Grant Mulkey, a redshirt freshman receiver from Arlington, Texas, was also charged with resisting arrest and evading arrest, said San Antonio police spokeswoman Sandy Gutierrez. Mulkey did not play in Monday's bowl game.

Mulkey, 19, was also issued a citation for failing to identify himself to officers who took him into custody after a brief struggle in downtown San Antonio.

Gutierrez said officers were called after an altercation near the city's Riverwalk tourist district around 2 a.m.

Witnesses told officers that a group of young men was harassing some women, and they pointed out Mulkey as the instigator, according to the police report.

"When officers approached (Mulkey) and asked him to come back to them, he kept avoiding them," Gutierrez said. "He kept saying, 'Who me? I didn't do anything.'"

Officers eventually ordered Mulkey to the ground, she said, but he refused and then resisted as they tried to subdue him.

A search of the 5-foot-11, 180-pound player during the arrest turned up a plastic bag containing a small amount of marijuana, Gutierrez said.

The search also produced a Nebraska student identification card bearing another person's name, she said. Mulkey told officers at first that the card was his, but he later gave them his Texas driver license with his correct identity.

Mulkey was held until around 11:30 a.m., when he was released on bond.

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