Former Atlanta running back Jamal Anderson was jailed Sunday after a police officer allegedly found him snorting coke in the men’s room of a suburban Atlanta bar.
Police say that a patron at the Peachtree Tavern in Buckhead told an off-duty officer that there was some illegal drug activity going on in the bathroom at about 3 a.m. When the officer responded, he found Anderson, 36, and another man, 20-year-old Mark Daniel Hudson, in the same bathroom stall sniffing powder cocaine off the toilet tank, according to police spokesman Otis Redmond.
“The patron had heard what he thought was sniffing from inside the stall and told the off-duty officer,” Redmond said. “The officer went into the restroom, heard the same sniffing and peered over the stall door. He saw Jamal Anderson and Mark Hudson sniffing two lines of powdered cocaine off the back of the toilet.”
The officer said he found a small bag of coke and a joint in Anderson’s shirt pocket. Both men were booked into the Fulton County Jail for felony possession. Anderson also faces charges for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
In 1998, Anderson led the Falcons to the Super Bowl with a franchise-record 1,846 rushing yards. The following year, he suffered a knee injury that required surgery. A second knee injury ended his career.