Court docs: Purdue athlete caught with pot

Purdue sophomore guard Ryan Cline is suspended three games for a violation of team rules. (Provided Photo/WLFI Photo)

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — One day following Purdue coach Matt Painter’s announcement of sophomore guard Ryan Cline’s suspension, new details are surfacing out of Hamilton County relating to his violation.

Painter told media on Tuesday, Cline was suspended for the first three games “for a violation of team rules.”

But according to court documents, 19-year-old Cline was found unresponsive in a car on June 27 by a deputy with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. He was found inside the vehicle, near Dunbar Road and State Road 38, with his foot on the gas pedal and the engine revving.

The probable cause affidavit states law enforcement attempted to knock on windows and yell at Cline, who remained unresponsive. Fearing the worse, the deputy on scene broke the window and had to use sternum rubs to wake him. Medics were called to the scene because authorities said Cline remained “extremely lethargic.”

Once the car was opened, the sheriff’s office said the deputy noticed a “strong smell of marijuana.” During the course of the investigation, authorities said they located marijuana inside the car.

According to online court records, Cline has entered into a pretrial diversion agreement.

Cline missed Tuesday night’s exhibition game against Southern Indiana. He will also miss this weekend’s closed scrimmage with West Virginia and the season opener against McNeese State on Nov. 11.

Basil Smotherman is dealing with a similar situation, as he is also suspended due to a drug-related incident this summer.