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Police chief: Nick Marshall "teary eyed" following pot citation

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REYNOLDS, Ga. - The Police chief who gave Auburn Quarterback Nick Marshall a citation for having marijuana and tinted windows says he gave Marshall advice before leaving the traffic stop.

Marshall was driving a purple Dodge Charger Friday when he was stopped for having windows that were too dark. Officers smelled marijuana in the car and searched the vehicle. Marshall was not arrested but was given two citations totally $1,000.

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The Reynolds, Georgia police chief says he had a stern talk with Marshall.

“I explained to Nick that I was really disappointed in him," Chief Lonnie Holder told WRBL News 3. "I told him that there are a million kids that look up to him. He is a role model whether he wants to be or not. I was disappointed that we have athletes out there doing that. I explained to him that we are not going to treat him any differently. I was disappointed in him. I hope he learns from his mistake and this puts him on the right path."

Holder says Marshall was very somber in his reply.

“He was very regretful," Holder explained. "He was very respectful. He was very apologetic. He seemed like he was disappointed in himself. He did get a little teary eyed as we had the conversation. I think sometimes what those kids need, they need somebody to talk to them and say, hey, you made a mistake, don't let it happen anymore."

Marshall is currently scheduled to appear at SEC media days in Hoover on Monday. Auburn could replace him with another player if they want to. LSU did the same thing with quarterback Jordan Jefferson a few years ago.

In response to Friday's incident, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn released a short statement:

“I’m aware of the situation that happened earlier today with Nick. I’m very disappointed and I will address it with him accordingly.”

Marshall has not yet paid his citations, according to Holder. He will not have to go to court on September 10 if he pays the money.

Chief Holder admitted that young athletes like Marshall are held to a higher standard, but, he says his officers treated him like any other person who breaks the law.

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Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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