Do the Detroit Lions have a discipline issue within the club?

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Dec 18, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Detroit defeated Oakland 28-27. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

While all eyes have been on the New Orleans Saints over the “pay for performance” investigation, some recent legal issues have the Detroit Lions in the spotlight with the NFL.  It begs to ask the question, do the Lions have a problem within their club?

It began on January 25 of this year when offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath was arrested for possession of  marijuana at a South Carolina hotel.  Culbreath was a 2011 seventh round draft pick who spent last season on injured reserve.

In less than two weeks, the Lions 2011 second round draft pick running back Mikel Leshoure was charged with possession of marijuana.  Leshoure was also in injured reserve last season after tearing his Achilles tendon in practice.

On March 12, Leshoure was again cited for possession of marijuana during a traffic stop.  Police stated he tried to eat the marijuana to prevent being caught with it but ended up spitting it out after being told to by the police.

The club was hoping that was it, but it wasn’t.  Yesterday their first round 2011 draft pick defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested in Mobile, AL for possession of marijuana.

All three players will face discipline from the NFL and with the current frame of mind that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is in, it might not be pleasant.

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