FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots safety Willie Andrews talked today about being charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute two days after the Patriots lost Super Bowl XLII, admitting he made a mistake.
Andrews was pulled over by police in Lowell on Feb. 5 and found to be in possession of a half pound of marijuana and $6,808, according to a police report. The third-year safety was arraigned in Lowell District Court the same day. The case was continued without a finding on May 9, after Andrews admitted to sufficient facts for a guilty finding.
Andrews was with the team today, taking part in a passing camp geared primarily towards younger players like himself.
"It's a dead issue. It's over," said Andrews. "It's not brought up out here and I know it won't be brought up out here. It's just back to work now."
Andrews said he explained his side of the story to head coach Bill Belichick the day after the incident happened and said that Belichick and the organization have supported him. He also owned up to making a huge mistake.
"Of course. It was a situation I shouldn't have been in in the first place, but we all make mistakes and you got to learn from those," said Andrews. "I just hated that it had to be that type of situation for me to learn from, but that's the hand I was dealt, so you got to play the cards."
Andrews, who scored his first NFL touchdown last season on a 77-yard kickoff return against the Miami Dolphins and is a key special teams player, said that he's looking to be even better on special teams this season and wants to try to work his way into more defensive snaps.