Over the last 24 hours, one of the New England Patriots top defensive players has made some news and it’s not of the positive variety.
New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon was on the end of some big plays this past season. He led a Super Bowl-bound club with four interceptions. He was the guy who wound up with the ball at the end of the team’s Week 15 victory at Pittsburgh when Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw into a crowded end zone. He also picked off a deflected Nick Foles’ pass on Super Sunday in Minneapolis in February.
But the five-year pro has now made headlines for a different reason. Via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, citing reporters from newspapers La Nación (Carlos Láscarez S.) and the Costa Rica Star (Laura Alvarado), the young defender was arrested on Friday afternoon at the Juan Santamaría Airport. Huron reportedly attempted to bring 58 grams of marijuana into Costa Rica. Smith states that the substance was found in a suitcase inside a can of soda.
On Saturday morning, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe tweeted the following team statement from the organization:
"We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica. He has since returned to the U.S. and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update."
Obviously, there are plenty of details that have yet to be revealed. And no doubt both the New England Patriots and the National Football League are in the process of doing their due diligence. Harmon — who hasn’t missed a game since his rookie season in 2013 and has totaled a combined 14 interceptions in his career (regular season and playoffs) — could possibly face disciplinary action from the NFL. This is a fluid situation so stay tuned.