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Joseph pleads not guilty to marijuana possession

Johnathan Joseph Joseph

BURLINGTON, Ky. -- Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph pleaded not guilty Monday to possession of marijuana.

Joseph was scheduled for another hearing on Feb. 22 in Boone
County District Court.

The first-round draft pick made his first court appearance since
his arrest Jan. 22 on the misdemeanor charge. He was the ninth
Bengals player arrested in a nine-month span.

Joseph was the passenger in a vehicle that was stopped in
northern Kentucky for erratic driving. A sheriff's deputy detected
an odor of marijuana, and Joseph told him that he had a bag of
marijuana in his Super Bowl backpack, according to the police
report.

He was arrested after the marijuana was found in the backpack,
according to the report.

His arrest came two weeks after Bengals coach Marvin Lewis
announced he would crack down on players' misbehavior.