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Agent Says Nailon Is Innocent

The agent of former Texas Christian basketball star Lee Nailon said Monday his client is innocent of drug possession and evading arrest charges.

Larry Fox said the 24-year-old Nailon simply was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was arrested Saturday at a suburban Fort Worth hotel.

"I think the case is being blown out of proportion," Fox said. "Lee wasn't smoking anything. All they're basically saying is that Lee was there. There isn't much meat on the bones here."

Nailon, the Charlotte Hornets' second-round draft pick this year, was with TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson and another friend, Leroy Nesbitt III, at a Comfort Inn in Forest Hill.

Police arrested the three after finding between two and four ounces of marijuana and other paraphernalia in their second-floor room. They were released Sunday after posting $1,500 bond apiece.

The marijuana charge is a Class A misdemeanor with possible penalties of a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000. The charge of evading arrest could be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances, Forest Hill police Detective Chris Hebert said.

Officers arrested the three around 5 p.m. Saturday while investigating a robbery of three hotel employees that took place earlier in the day, Hebert said. The officers smelled marijuana coming from the rooms occupied by the three men and arrested them in the hotel parking lot.

Police later found the drugs and the paraphernalia in their room. Hebert said police doubt there is a connection between the robbery and the three men.

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