Scott Van Pelt isn’t the only ESPN employee in hot water. Jamal Anderson, former Atlanta Falcon and current analyst on “First Take”, was busted in the act of snorting cocaine off a toilet tank in an Atlanta bar.
And it gets better. Anderson was also found with marijuana in his pocket, and the other man he was arrested with was underage. I think the Urban Dictionary is hard at work on a new definition for the Dirty Bird.
Anderson, who rushed for 5,336 yards in eight seasons with the Falcons and led them to the 1998 Super Bowl, retired after tearing his ACL in 2001. But all those stats pale in comparison to the first few ‘graphs of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION’s report:
Anderson, 36, and Mark Hudson, 20, were in the same stall inside the men’s room at Peachtree Tavern about 3 a.m., sniffing powdered cocaine off the toilet tank, said police spokesman Otis Redmond.
A tavern patron alerted an off-duty Atlanta police officer to possible illegal drug use inside the restroom, he said.
“The patron had heard what he thought was sniffing from inside the stall and told the off-duty officer,” Redmond said. “The officer went into the restroom, heard the same sniffing and peered over the stall door. He saw Jamal Anderson and Mark Hudson sniffing two lines of powdered cocaine off the back of the toilet.”
Lots of questions here. When did the Larry Craig bathroom stall arrest become common police procedure? What was Anderson doing with a 20-year-old man? And what kind of narc finds a police officer to report drug use at a bar?
We’ll find out more tomorrow. Anderson remains in jail awaiting a court appearance on the felony cocaine possession charge and a marijuana possession charge, just a misdemeanor.