Former Tennessee football player Tim Jordan pleads guilty to lesser weapons charge

Mike Wilson
Knoxville News Sentinel

Former Tennessee running back Tim Jordan last week agreed to a plea deal on a reduced weapons charge stemming from his May arrest.

Jordan, who was arrested on gun and marijuana charges after a traffic stop in Florida, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon, court records filed Friday show. He will serve 12 months probation, community service and pay fines.

The plea deal grants Jordan the ability to "attend school at Western Kentucky University" and "travel for purposes of football games," according to court documents. Jordan must provide his probation officer with a travel itinerary. 

A WKU spokesperson told Knox News that Jordan is not playing football for Western Kentucky.

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt announced June 18 on a Zoom call that Jordan was no longer a member of the Vols.

Jordan must surrender his firearm, according to court documents, and agreed to drug and alcohol evaluation within 60 days as part of his plea deal. He also must not "consume, possess, associate with or visit people/places where alcohol/drugs are used," per the order. Jordan was sentenced to 50 hours of community service.

Jordan initially faced charges of carrying a concealed firearm, possessing narcotic paraphernalia and possessing 20 grams or less of cannabis. The concealed carry charge Jordan faced is a third-degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

The would-be senior was arrested shortly before 5 a.m. May 30 in Lakeland, just north of Bartow, Florida.

Officers reported smelling cannabis after pulling Jordan's vehicle over for driving erratically and speeding. A search of the vehicle turned up a small bag containing about 9.25 grams of marijuana as well as a scale and several small plastic bags, according to the warrant. Jordan told the officers he was carrying a handgun in his back pocket without a concealed carry permit, according to the warrant. 

Jordan appeared in 12 games as a junior. He was third on the team in rushing with 428 yards on 104 carries. He scored one touchdown and also had six catches for 46 yards.

Jordan, a Bartow, Florida, product, committed to Western Kentucky in November 2016. He decommitted on Jan. 2, 2017, and committed to UT three weeks later.

News Sentinel reporter Blake Toppmeyer contributed to this report.

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