CHRISTIANSBURG — Former Virginia Tech basketball player Chris Clarke was cleared of a marijuana charge Thursday after his attorney argued that police did not establish whose drugs were found in an apartment Clarke shared with former teammate Ty Outlaw.
Clarke, 23, now plays for Texas Tech, where he was a graduate transfer after finishing a sociology degree as a Hokie.
The former Blacksburg resident was not in Montgomery County General District Court Thursday. Instead, his attorney, Fred Kellerman of Christiansburg, successfully poked holes in the accusation that Clarke possessed marijuana on March 20.
The charge against Outlaw briefly drew national attention because it seemed that it might prevent him from playing in the NCAA tournament.
Outlaw was in California with the team when Rose arrived at his and Clarke’s apartment. Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams allowed Outlaw to continue playing after passing a drug test.
Clarke was not a member of the tournament team because he was suspended from the Hokies squad in October 2018 for undisclosed reasons.
Outlaw — who finished his Virginia Tech basketball career with five points in the team’s Sweet 16 loss to Duke — still faces two drug charges in Montgomery County.
Outlaw has a hearing on Nov. 14 in general district court on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge from March 20, and a Dec. 12 hearing in the same court on a felony charge of possessing a controlled substance from an incident on April 7.