Authorities said Wednesday that the Green Bay Packers defensive tackle had been arrested in Florida on felony charges of drug and firearm possession after a traffic stop turned up three-quarters of a pound of marijuana, a 9mm handgun and a bag containing more than $190,000 in cash.
Guion, 27, was arrested on Tuesday night during a traffic stop in his hometown of Starke, Fla. Police said that the lineman "became extremely uncooperative and hostile" during the stop and wound up being handcuffed to protect the officers.
Guion was released from Bradford County jail on Wednesday on $100,000 bail.
"We are aware of a serious matter involving Letroy Guion. We have not yet spoken to Letroy and we will have no further comment," the Packers said in a statement. Guion's agent, Seth Katz, declined comment and referred inquiries to the team.
Green Bay signed Guion to a one-year deal as a free agent last offseason. Finishing with 3 1/2 sacks, Guion turned into a key cog on the defensive line and filled a hole up front after veteran B.J. Raji was lost for the year in the preseason with a biceps injury. A 16-game starter for the first time in his career, Guion tallied a career-high 62 tackles. According to league data, teams averaged 0.58 yards less per carry with Guion on the field compared to when he was on the sideline. That was the top rate among the Packers’ defensive linemen.
Katz told Packer Report last week that he and representatives of the team continued contract talks at the Senior Bowl late last month.
Not only was he productive, but he had earned the respect of his teammates.
"That takes a lot for me to say because he's only been with us for a little bit of time," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on his radio show on ESPN Milwaukee a month ago. "There's things about his personality that really remind me of Johnny Jolly. And I loved Johnny. Johnny was such a great teammate and an incredibly charismatic locker room presence. Everybody who was around Johnny, you always enjoyed his stories and his energy and just the way that he had a passion for football. I always appreciated that about Johnny. Letroy brings the same kind of passion.
"From the first day that he got here, there was just an excitement about being in Green Bay. He kind of felt like this was a great opportunity for him to fit in and for him to be a part of something special. He battled through a time where you didn't know he was going to make the team with his hamstring [injury in training camp]. He's become an important player for us. More importantly, he's really kind of brought more of himself to the table. He's made some great pregame speeches. He's practiced really well all year. He's just brought it every single day. He's got an infectious personality that guys really latch on to."
Now Guion's future is murky with one of the league's model franchises.
According a police statement, Guion asked the officer who pulled him over "if he knew who he was."
During the search of the truck, Guion "kept coming towards the vehicle several times" and asked officers not to take his money, police said. Guion had to be handcuffed after rushing the driver's side of the truck to try to remove the "bag pack" on the front seat containing the marijuana and money, police said.
According to authorities, Guion said his 9mm semi-automatic handgun was registered. But in Florida, having a firearm is considered a felony if it is in that person's possession while committing another alleged felony.
Authorities said the bag contained more than $190,000 cash as well as 357 grams of marijuana. Possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana in Florida is considered a felony.