A Tennessee football program suddenly finds itself in search of a new offensive line coach after their incumbent resigned days before being arrested on firearms and drugs charges.
As reported by Tennessee ABC affiliate WTVC, Cleveland High School offensive line coach Heath Weir resigned on Friday shortly before he was to be arrested on the following drastic charges: Possession of a Firearm During Commission of Felony, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule 6 for Resale. While those counts paint a picture of a disturbing trafficking exercise, the full incident that led to Weir’s arrest may have not been quite so dramatic, according to an account represented by WTVC:
When he noticed the officer watching him, Weir said, “There’s a loaded gun over there.”
The officer asked Weir if the gun was in his hand, to which he responded, “No, these are shorts.” He told Weir he knew that he wasn’t holding shorts, and asked again if he had a gun in his hand. Weir responded, “No, it’s weed.”
The investigator found a .40 cal handgun that Weir had hidden under a pillow on the bed.
Weir turned over several small bags of marijuana, but told investigators it belonged to his brother-in-law.
It’s hard to tell where Weir made his biggest mistake, but any of the actions that led to his ouster were probably enough to spell his own end. The 1993 Cleveland High grad had been serving on the football staff at his alma mater since 2012, so his departure was certainly an unexpected one for Cleveland head coach Scott Cummings.