Former Oregon football player Cliff Harris was arrested after he was found possessing a controlled substance at a party at Clovis in California. He is now facing faces charges of theft of property and parole violation from his most recent jail term. Although it’s a tragic story, it’s actually Harris’ mugshot that truly hits home.
The 25-year-old appears wild-eyed in a mugshot taken following a drug test, far from the star football player who once dominated on the field.
Just last year, the former athlete was sentenced to a year in jail and was required to complete three years of probation after he pleaded no contest to a charge of arson in December 2015. His sentence prohibited him from drug use and alcohol consumption, and also required him to undergo drug treatment and counseling for mental health.
However, he alleged violated the probation.
In 2013, the police arrested the former all-American cornerback for the possession of marijuana and domestic harassment. Furthermore, in 2011, he was recorded driving at a speed of 118 mph, even though his license had been suspended.
Harris has been diagnosed with a disorder that affects the brain of those who suffer numerous concussions.
Following the latest arrest, Harris’ mother took to Facebook to talk about her son’s “difficult time.”
“To see your child go from a happy, outgoing n very confident person into a hurting and painful person is a very hurt full thing to see,” she wrote.
The football star’s career ended in May 2013, after he was arrested for possessing marijuana. Ever since then, the list of criminal charges against him just keeps on growing.
Drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States where opioids are responsible for 61 percent of all overdose deaths and since 2000, opioids overdose has risen 200 percent. Drug overdose is known to kill more Americans than car crashes or guns, and it is about time some action is taken to deal with the matter before more lives are lost.