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No Case Built in Nailon Accusation

July 29, 1999

FOREST HILL, Texas (AP) _ Former Texas Christian basketball star Lee Nailon, arrested Saturday night on suspicion of drug possession and evading arrest, will not face criminal charges.

Nailon, TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson and a third man were arrested outside a Comfort Inn last weekend after officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from one of the rooms.

Authorities said the three escaped through a back window of the motel, but were caught seconds later in the parking lot. Inside the vacant room, police said they found about 2 ounces of marijuana and hollowed-out cigars.

``We couldn’t affirmatively tie any of the drugs to any of them,″ Police Chief Sam Hill said Wednesday. ``We had too many conflicting stories.″

Officers had come to the motel to investigate an unrelated armed robbery. Hill said officers were delayed in getting into the room, and that by the time they were given a pass key, it was empty.

``As far as the narcotics, there was nobody in the room when we got in there and nobody would claim it,″ Hill said. ``It would be futile to try and put it on anyone.″

Nailon, a second-round draft pick of the Charlotte Hornets, couldn’t be reached for comment. A Hornets spokeswoman said the team had no statement on the dropped case.

Tomlinson said he felt ``a whole bunch of relief″ after the case was dropped.

Investigators had also been considering charges of evading arrest, but Hill said the case would not hold up in court.

Nailon was TCU’s first basketball player to have two 700-point seasons. The standout forward led the nation in scoring two seasons ago.

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