Friday, October 8, 2010

Tuscaloosa News: Ex-UA players arrested for drugs

bilde TUSCALOOSA | Former University of Alabama football players DJ Hall and Darwin Salaam were arrested at a Tuscaloosa hotel Wednesday on drug charges.

Hall, who was a standout wide receiver, and Salaam, a walk-on receiver, were charged with first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. They were released Wednesday on $30,000 bail each.

The former players, both 24, were arrested at Value Place Hotel near Cracker Barrel.

Hall, whose full name is Martinez DaVinci Hall and has a Fort Walton, Fla., address, played on the team from 2004 to 2007. Salaam, who lives in Tuscaloosa, played as a walk-on until 2007.

Tuscaloosa police officers were called to the hotel after a complaint that guests were smoking marijuana in one of the hotel rooms. Officers searched the room and recovered a small bag of marijuana, three glass jars containing marijuana, digital scales, boxes of sandwich bags, burnt marijuana cigarettes, Adderall pills and a Kassnar Imports 9 millimeter handgun.

Hall set several Alabama receiving records, finishing with a school-record 2,923 career yards on 194 catches, another school record. A second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a junior, he is the only receiver in UA history to post two 1,000-yard seasons.

Hall was suspended from the Jan. 1, 2006, Cotton Bowl and from the 2006 season opener against Hawaii for violations of team rules, and served a half-game suspension against Louisiana-Monroe in 2007 as a senior. Despite his record-breaking UA career, he went undrafted by the National Football League.

Hall signed as a free agent with the New York Giants, but didn’t catch on with the team and landed on the practice squad for the Oakland Raiders in 2009. He signed in February with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, but is not currently listed on the team roster.

Salaam started his collegiate career at Stillman College before transferring to Alabama. According to his website, he has been playing semi-pro football in Alabama.




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