On March 5, 2016, Los Angeles Rams running back Tre Mason was arrested in Hollywood, Florida. He was arrested by a Hollywood police officer for reckless driving, suspicion of possession of marijuana, failure to register a motor vehicle, and for resisting arrest.
According to ESPN, the officer pulled Mason over in a 35 miles per hour zone for driving nearly twice the speed limit. The running back did not immediately pull over, and instead, he drove away. The police officer stated that Mason only pulled over when another car blocked his Porsche. The officer further reported that the quarterback refused to provide him with his driver’s license, and he did not provide his name. Mason also smelled of marijuana.
The Hollywood police officer told Mason that he was under arrest and demanded that he exit the vehicle. According to the police report, Mason showed “great resistance,” he braced himself inside his vehicle. The running back was given numerous warnings but did not allow the officers to pull him out of the vehicle. A taser was then used to subdue him, and he was taken into custody. Mason was then transported to a hospital for medical examination after being tased.
Mason could face disciplinary action from the NFL after being arrested in a traffic stop Florida. Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers was arrested under similar circumstances in August of 2014. Bell was charged with the possession of marijuana and driving under the influence. He was suspended for three games but was then reduced to two.
The NFL disciplines players for substance abuse, and last season, the league suspended 30 players. New England Patriots running back, LeGarrette Blount was suspended for one game. Other players who were suspended for one game include Marcell Dareus (Buffalo Bills), Oday Aboushi (New York Jets), and Datone Jones (Green Bay Packers). Some players were suspended anywhere from two to 10 games. Josh Gordon, a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns and Dion Jordan, a defensive end for the Miami Dolphins, were suspended for all 16 games of the regular season for substance abuse.
The Rams, previously known as the St. Louis Rams, were approved for relocation in January 2016. They held their first meeting at a Manhattan Beach hotel Southern California on Friday, March 4. Approximately 80 percent of the roster attended the voluntary team meeting. A few players took this opportunity to investigate housing options. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the Rams declined to confirm if Mason attended the meeting.
Mason attended Auburn University, in Auburn, Ala. from 2011-2013. He was drafted in the third round by the St. Louis Rams in 2014 and was picked 75th overall. In his rookie season, he quickly became a starter. He rushed for 765 yards and in 12 games, he had four touchdowns. Running back Todd Gurley, who was drafted by the Rams in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, replaced Mason as a starter. Mason had one touchdown and rushed for 207 yards last season.
Head coach Jeff Fisher stated at the recent NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. that Mason needs a to have a great offseason when he was asked about Mason and the upcoming season. Fisher emphasized that the running back would also need to “put the commitment in” and have a great preseason. The Rams stated they were disappointed to hear of Mason and his recent arrest in a Florida traffic stop.
By Tricia Manalansan
Edited by Cathy Milne
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