Nashville youth football coach was growing marijuana at home, police say

Clifton Ryan Bone (Photo: Metro Nashville Police)

Clifton Ryan Bone (Photo: Metro Nashville Police)

A Nashville youth football coach is facing felony drug and illegal firearm charges after police say they found a marijuana grow operation and a loaded pistol inside his home earlier this month.

Clifton Ryan Bone, who coached the Donelson-Hermitage Warriors for just over three years, was arrested Aug. 8 at his home in Nashville, court papers show.

According to a warrant, on the day of his arrest, detectives visited Bone’s home to investigate a narcotics complaint,  and when they arrived at Bone’s house, smelled “an obvious odor of marijuana” coming from the front door.

Bone, 29, allowed officers to search his home, the warrant states, and detectives found inside a set of digital scales and a marijuana grow operation that had 16 marijuana plants along with about 11 ounces of loose marijuana.

Also inside the defendant’s bedroom, police said, officers found a loaded firearm.

Bone was arrested on charges including possession with intent to deliver and possession of a firearm with intent to deliver.

He was booked into the Davidson County jail and has since posted a $30,000 bond.

Bone, whose attorney, Andrew Love, could not immediately be reached for comment, is due in court for a hearing on the charges on Sept. 9, court records show.

On Tuesday, Donelson-Hermitage Warriors President Darryl Goins said he suspended Bone Aug. 9 — the same day the board learned about the arrest. He said the suspension will remain pending the result of the criminal investigation.

“We’re going to wait until the justice system does its job,” Goins said on behalf of the Warriors’ board, which operates under the umbrella of the Tennessee Youth Football Alliance. The league, whose players range in ages from 6 years old to about 12, has teams throughout Middle Tennessee.

Goins said Bone, who is not paid for the job and has volunteered as a coach since 2012, most recently served as a head coach for children ages 7 and 8.

The Warriors season began in early August, Goins said, and the first game was Aug. 22.

Bone “has not coached one single game since his arrest,” Goins said.

Goins said his son, who was an assistant coach, was named head coach of Bone’s team following the arrest

When asked by The Tennessean whether the board runs background checks on coaches or staff, Goins answered, “No.”

“We don’t run them, but it is something we’re discussing as a board and will look into,” Goins said. “We have never had a need for it in the past. The children are never unsupervised. There’s always more than one person with them.”

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