Former FSU kicker arrested again
Wednesday, June 21st 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
Raider draft pick jailed for second time this year
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Star kicker Sebastian Janikowski was arrested early Wednesday on drug charges, his second run-in with the law since being drafted in April by the Oakland Raiders.
Florida State University Police said Janikowski and two friends were found with GHB, also known as the "date-rape drug," during a police sweep looking for underage drinkers.
Janikowski, 22, and his two friends were charged with one count of felony possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to the Leon County Jail.
Last week, Janikowski, a native of Poland who was an All-American kicker for the national champion Florida State Seminoles, was acquitted on charges of trying to bribe a police officer outside another Tallahassee nightspot.
Janikowski, the first kicker in 21 years to be taken in the first round of the NFL draft, was scheduled to leave this week for California to begin workouts with the Raiders.
Lt. Linda Riley, a spokeswoman for the university police department, said a plainclothes officer saw Janikowski and two other men pull into the parking lot of the bar on the edge of campus, noticed one of them pouring a small amount of clear liquid into a container and decided to investigate further.
"He identified himself, used his flashlight to illuminate the inside of the car, and then he noticed more suspicious activity, what appeared to be that liquid being poured out," said Riley.
She said a field test found that the liquid was GHB, a designe rdrug also known as "scoop." GHB is colorless and odorless, and sells for $5 to $10 a dose.
A teaspoon of the compound, mixed with alcohol, can render a person unconscious within 20 minutes.
Also arrested and charged with possession of the drug were19-year-old Jesse Harris and 24-year-old Jay Hoffman, Riley said.
In the earlier case, police accused Janikowski of offering an officer $300 to release his roommate after an argument with a bouncer who wouldn't let the roommate into a nightclub.
Janikowski's lawyer argued successfully that his client simply thought he could pay the fine on the spot. It took less than an hour for the jury to find him innocent.
Janikowski is a resident alien, not a United States citizen.
After his prior arrest, federal immigration officials said they routinely look at cases of any alien who is charged with a felony, with deportation considered on a case-by-case basis upon conviction.