The Sun Herald (Miss.) newspaper reported several new details on Jack Swagger's (Jake Hager) DUI arrest in February that came out during Hager's trial on Tuesday. (Hager was found guilty of Driving Under the Influence & speeding, was placed on probation, and fined, but avoided jail-time as a first-time offender.)
- Tuesday, February 19: Hager, in the middle of a World Title feud, competed at the Smackdown TV taping at the Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss.
- Feb. 19 at 11:29 p.m.: Driving a rental car, Hager was pulled over by local police after allegedly swerving and speeding on a road leading to the I-10 freeway. Hager, who did not testify during his trial, was recorded telling the arresting officer that he "smoked some marijuana before he left the Coliseum." Hager told the officer, "I know I (bleeped)-ed up. I apologize, man."
The officer reported that Hager had "a few pieces of marijuana" in his lap and the odor in Hager's car smelled like "burned marijuana."
Hager told the officer that he showered after the TV taping, went to a fast-food restaurant, and was on his way to New Orleans while feeling "pretty banged up" following the taping.
I think one of the biggest things coming out of this is Swagger said he smoked the marijuana 'before leaving the Coliseum.' That has to raise some eyebrows backstage if it hasn't already, and if it hasn't already, officials are probably brushing the use of it aside.