A customer walked into the restroom of the Peachtree Tavern in Buckhead about 3am, heard "snorting noises," and alerted an off-duty Atlanta PD officer who was working security. The officer walked into the restroom, opened a stall door, and saw Mr. Anderson and a 20-yr old male snorting lines of cocaine from the top of the Tavern's porcelain toilet. A cursory search revealed that Anderson also had a marijuana cigarette in his pocket. Atlanta's home to the "other" Coke, Jamal...come on...
According to officials, Anderson's first appearance in court is set for tomorrow (Monday) morning at 11am. He was also denied bond.
"We just learned of this situation, and it is not appropriate for us to comment until we have more information," said George McNeilly, senior director of communications at ESPN, in a statement.
Anderson had been working as an analyst for ESPN's First Take, but it is unknown if he will continue in that endeavor. He played eight seasons for the Falcons, before retiring in 2001 with serious knee issues.
2PM UPDATE: The 20-year-old male accompanying Anderson at the time of the arrest has been identified as Mark Hudson. OSG asked authorities why the 20-year-old had not been charged with underaged access to a bar. The matter may be addressed when the more pressing issue of the possession and attempted and alleged ingestion of the cocaine and possession of the marijuana are settled.
Anderson and Hudson are to remain in the Fulton County jail until he is seen in front of a judge at 11AM Monday morning for his arraignment.
Kathy Jeffcoats relays the following from ajc.com:
“The patron had heard what he thought was sniffing from inside the stall and told the off-duty officer,” Fulton County Police spokesman Otis 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.”
Police found a 1-inch square bag of cocaine and a marijuana cigarette inside Anderson’s pocket. The men were arrested without incident and booked into the Fulton County Jail for felony possession of cocaine, Redmond said. Anderson was also cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
The statements and details of the incident from Redmond were also made to OSG when asked about the situation Sunday morning.
7PM UPDATE: WSB-TV reporter and FOSG Tiffani Reynolds caught up with Anderson's former head coach Dan Reeves over the phone Sunday. While Reeves would not address the situation on camera, Reeves told Reynolds that he was "disappointed and shocked" about what happened on Sunday and would "offer any help he can" as the situation becomes more clear.
More when we know more...