Legal trouble is a common problem in the NFL nowadays, rather domestic violence or drug use. This problem has recently been added on to. This isn’t referring to Josh Gordon, but to running back Tre Mason. Mason failed to appear in court and a warrant for his arrest has been issued.
Mason failed to appear in Broward County court in Florida on Monday, as he was scheduled to be arraigned for his March 5th arrest. The charges included possession of marijuana, reckless driving, resisting arrest, and failure to register a motor vehicle.
The judge has set the bond for $1,500 for when Mason is taken into custody. The warrant has already taken effect.
Mason was subdued with a stun gun and arrested in Hollywood, Florida the night of March 5th. He drove away from police officers attempting to pull him over for going 70 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. The arresting officer wrote that Mason refused to identify himself or produce a drivers license. As well, he noted that he smelt marijuana and the smell was coming from Mason’s Porsche.
The officer said he told Mason he was under arrest and asked him to exit the vehicle. According to the police report Mason refused, “tried to brace himself in the car” and showed “great resistance” when officers attempted to remove him from the car.
Mason was taken into custody and into a local hospital for medical clearance. He was clearly resisting the arrest.
Mason was the Rams third round pick in the 2014 draft and became a starter during his rookie season. He rushed for 765 yards and 4 touchdowns in 12 games as a starter. His role was reduced in the 2015 season after the Rams took Todd Gurley with the 10th overall pick.
In the 2015 season, Mason rushed for 207 yards and 1 touchdown. He was deactivated for the game against the Baltimore Ravens on November 22 because he missed the teams bus to the airport.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher said at last months owner meetings that he believed Mason would report to Los Angeles for the start of the offseason training program on April 18th. Although, the team was still gaining information on the situation.
“I can’t really comment on the specifics until we get all the stuff, and we’re working with the league on that” Fisher said. “I’m expecting Tre to be present for the offseason program. I know he was extremely embarrassed as to the incident, but we don’t have the facts yet. We’re still waiting on that. To me, it was a little uncharacteristic of him. And if in fact what was reported is true, then [we’d] be really disappointed in him. But we don’t have the information.”