Texas A&M Cuts JJ Caldwell, Suspends Jay Jay Chandler After Marijuana Arrest

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The Texas A&M Aggies dismissed redshirt freshman guard JJ Caldwell and suspended freshman guard Jay Jay Chandler indefinitely, the Dallas Morning News’ Ben Baby reported Sunday.

The school’s decision comes after both players were arrested Sunday and charged with possessing less than two ounces of marijuana.

Colin Deaver of KAGS News in Bryan, Texas, noted the departure of Caldwell and suspension of Chandler come at an inopportune time for A&M:

JJ Caldwell’s dismissal and Jay Jay Chandler’s suspension comes in the midst of a 4-game Texas A&M win streak. Duane Wilson may have aggravated his partially-torn ACL last night, so A&M’s guard rotation could be desperately thin.

Sunday’s arrest was Caldwell’s second within the last year. Brazos County, Texas, authorities charged him with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated last May. The case was dismissed in September, and Texas A&M subsequently suspended him for the first five games of the 2017-18 season.

The school also suspended him for an unspecified reason for what proved to be an 89-73 win over the Buffalo Bulls on Dec. 21.

Caldwell appeared in 16 games for the Aggies, averaging 2.9 points and 2.6 assists.

Chandler has played in all but one of the Aggies’ 25 games. He’s averaging 4.0 points and scored a season-high 17 points in the team’s 83-66 defeat to the Florida Gators on Jan. 2.

The Aggies have six more games in the regular season, which ends March 3 against the Alabama Crimson Tide.