NeNe Leakes Calls Son’s Arrest for Marijuana Possession a ‘Family Issue’

03/10/2010 at 12:00 AM EST

NeNe Leakes Calls Son’s Arrest for Marijuana Possession a ‘Family Issue’
John Crooms/Bravo, Courtesy Gwinnett County
A third season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta was just announced -… and it already promises to be drama-filled.

Bryson Bryant, the eldest son of NeNe Leakes, was arrested on a minor marijuana possession charge and was put in an Atlanta-area jail on March 7. Bryant has appeared on the Bravo reality show -- and, in the first season, was filmed looking at colleges with Leakes.

On Wednesday, Leakes released a statement, calling her son's arrest a "family issue."

"Like any parent, I am disappointed with the actions and arrest of my son, Bryson," she said in the statement. "Certainly, my husband and I will deal with this family issue in a private manner. My son is not the first young adult to experiment with marijuana, and he certainly won't be the last. Still, as parents, this is a chance for us to have an open dialogue with him about the dangers of any substance abuse. I realize as a parent that my job is never done. And as I’ve tweeted, tough love was in order. Still, I ask that you respect our privacy during this trying time."

But Leakes didn't just stop there. Earlier that day, she also Tweeted about the incident. "Morning! I know my parenting job is NEVER DONE but TOUGH LOVE is ordered by the JUDGE! The judge in this case is ME," she Tweeted. "My head is up & held high this morning because I KNOW the parent that i'am! U hate 4 yo kids 2 make mistakes! TOUGH LOVE this morning."

The outspoken Real Housewives of Atlanta star is expected to appear Thursday night on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live show, which airs at midnight. -- Blane Bachelor John Crooms/Bravo, Courtesy Gwinnett County

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