Police in Hollywood, Florida stopped a vehicle yesterday on suspicion of reckless driving. Upon stopping the vehicle, a check of the licence showed that it was LA Rams RB, Tre Mason. It also showed that the vehicle he was driving wasn’t registered. Mason was searched, and 20g of Cannabis – technically only a misdemeanour in the state of Florida – were found on him. The Broward County records office list four separate charges for the incident:
- Misdemeanor Possesion
- Reckless Driving – 1st offence
- Failure to register a vehicle
- Resisting arrest
At this point the officers elected to arrest him, and Mason allegedly resisted, forcing the officers to discharge a taser, twice, resulting in eventual hospitalisation of Mason. This point is not entirely clear, as the only current source is a local newscaster Frank Guzman, citing a ‘source’. The LA Rams have issued a standard placeholder statement with regards to the incident, obviously waiting for the dust to settle before they make a call. Mason, the 22 year old RB draft from the 2014 class had a good rookie campaign for the Rams, back when they were in St Louis (ah, those were the days), but was overshadowed by Todd Gurley last season. Jeff Fisher has stated that he supports Mason, but with things headed the way they have, it was looking like free agency, or a trade might be coming up if he didn’t up his game. This latest incident casts his future into further doubt. Possession charges of any kind are generally hammered by the NFL, and a 2-3 game could be on the cards, on par with what was handed to Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell during the 2014 season. With that hanging over the beginning of his season, the Rams might be tempted to drop him based on the charges, which wouldn’t be unprecedented, especially considering the resisting arrest charge on top. This will be a very stressful time for Mason, as this could be a major speedbump in his career, at the very least.