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Tim Lincecum cited for marijuana possession following traffic stop

Nov 5, 2009, 7:58 PM EDT

Tim Lincecum is facing misdemeanor drug possession charges after being found with 3.3 grams of marijuana during a routine traffic stop last week.
According to police, Lincecum was stopped for going 74 miles per hour in a 60-mph zone in his home state of Washington last Friday morning and the state trooper smelled marijuana coming from inside the car, at which point the reigning National League Cy Young winner reached into his dashboard to produce a small pouch and a pipe.
The amount is considered small enough for personal use only and Lincecum was not found to be impaired in any way, so he’s not being charged with a felony. “With this amount of marijuana, that’s normally the way we deal with it,” Washington State Patrol spokesman Steve Schatzel said. Lincecum received a $622 citation and was released, with a arraignment scheduled for later this month.
Lincecum is unlikely to face punishment from the Giants, although the charges could potentially impact his upcoming arbitration hearing. After going 15-7 with a 2.48 ERA and NL-high 261 strikeouts this season Lincecum is arbitration eligible for the first time and figures to see a huge bump in salary. There will no doubt be outrage about this incident in certain circles, but ultimately a 25-year-old smoking marijuana is hardly shocking and the small amount combined with his lack of impairment makes it a relative non-story.

  1. JBerardi - Nov 5, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    I am shocked, SHOCKED… well, not that shocked.

  2. ochocinco - Nov 5, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    Now maybe he will win the “HIGH” Young award???

  3. The Common Man - Nov 5, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Thank goodness he plays in San Francisco. Hi(high?)-oh!

  4. Andrew - Nov 5, 2009 at 9:47 PM

    jeremy jeffress is pissed he’s not a major leaguer

  5. Old Gator - Nov 5, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    So you send a kid from Seattle – the place where the flush toilet was invented, the biggest industry used to be brothels for loggers, the primary competitor for the cafe crowd is called Cow Chip Cookies, a statue of Lenin (in Freemont) presided over a real estate boom and Gary (The Far Side) Larson was born – to San Francisco, where marijuana was originally husbanded out of catnip and Thai basil, the island in the middle of the Bay Bridge is called Yerba Buena (“good weed”) and there are more water pipes and bongs in the hall closets than golf clubs, and then you pay him millions, and you’re surprised that he gets nailed smoking weed? Please. Just hand me a really hard helmet when I’m batting against him; I don’t want to wind up like William Burroughs’ wife.

  6. willmose - Nov 5, 2009 at 10:41 PM

    That’s why Lincecum so good, he use PEDs. Marijuana is a PED after all because it makes you feel bigger and stronger and 90% of the game is mental.

  7. John - Nov 5, 2009 at 11:02 PM

    Big deal, it should be legalized.

  8. mr. nice - Nov 6, 2009 at 1:33 AM

    very shoddy police work. tim had obviously already smoked a half gram of his shiny new eigth. and i hope he “buys american” and that his weed was grown in washington state and not british columbia. damn canadians are putting american growers out of business with that bc bud.

  9. John - Nov 6, 2009 at 1:43 AM

    What I want to know is did the MLB 2K9 video game Tim Lincecum get busted for possession along with the real Tim, and were they listening to Wang Chung’s “Dance Hall Days” when they got pulled over for speeding?

  10. Ryan - Nov 6, 2009 at 1:46 AM

    I have the sudden urge to go out and buy a Lincecum jersey now. And maybe a box of twinkies too. Seriously though, is anyone going to tell me that Manny is not stoned when he plays? Glad this is going to be no big deal.

  11. Andrew - Nov 6, 2009 at 4:06 AM

    quality of the product man. quality of the product.

  12. Old Gator - Nov 6, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    >>Big deal, it should be legalized.mandatory. Like health insurance.

  13. David Carver - Nov 6, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Really??? Big deal! I would rather him smoke some brisket than get drunk. I’m a VP at my company and a couple of times a year someone brings it to one of our wine tasting parties and it’s quite nice. The people that rally against it are people like Reverand Ted Haggarty, woops, he does meth and pole dances.

  14. Grant - Nov 6, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Free government weed? Now that I can get behind.
    Well, maybe not. But it should be legal.

  15. John - Nov 8, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    LINCECUM HAD STARTED WITH AN OUNCE!!! MARK MY WORDS!!!

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