Guion’s arrest could end NFL career

Former Vikings defensive tackle Letroy Guion is in some serious trouble after being arrested with a large amount of marijuana and possessing a firearm while committing a felony.

Former Viking Letroy Guion made an impact with the Packers last season after being forced into the starting lineup when Green Bay lost B.J. Raji for the season. On Wednesday, word came down that not only is Guion likely not coming back to the Packers, but may find himself facing some significant jail time.

On Tuesday night, Guion was arrested in his hometown of Starke, Fla. during a traffic stop and, according to the police report, “became extremely uncooperative and hostile.” As a precaution to the officers, given Guion’s size, he was removed from the vehicle and handcuffed.

What officers found was disturbing – a 9mm semiautomatic handgun, 357 grams of marijuana and $190,028.81 in cash and coin.

Guion was pulled over for a traffic stop, but when the officer approached the 2015 Dodge Ram pickup, he immediately smelled marijuana. Guion made the critical mistake of asking officers “Do you know who I am?” – rarely a tactic that works. Guion also told the officer that he had a handgun in the vehicle, but that it was registered to him. However, in Florida, it is a felony to have a handgun when committing another felony – such as having three-quarters of a pound of marijuana.

In the process of retrieving the gun, officers began to search the vehicle, which got Guion agitated. Guion allegedly kept moving toward the vehicle despite being told by the officer to stay away, saying several times, “My money is in there.” According to the report, Guion “rushed” the driver’s side of the vehicle attempting to remove a black backpack from the front passenger seat, at which point he was handcuffed.

As a result, Guion was charged with possession of a large amount (more than 20 grams) of marijuana and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Both charges carry stiff penalties of up to 10 years in jail.

Guion was released on $100,000 bail, which is typically a 10 percent cash payment. Effectively, his NFL career may well be over. At a minimum, he will be part of the extreme portion of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

THURSDAY NOTES

  • Despite a lack of deep snow in northern Minnesota, the 20th Annual Arctic Blast Snowmobile Rally in Thief River Falls is going on as scheduled Friday through Sunday. Current Vikings expected to attend include Harrison Smith, Everson Griffen, Kyle Rudolph, Brandon Fusco, Phil Loadholt, Charles Johnson and Adam Thielen.

  • Don’t expect New Orleans to be overly busy in free agency this season. Quarterback Drew Brees has his $18.75 million contract fully guaranteed, which makes his salary cap number jump from $18.4 million to $26.4 million in 2015. That’s just another reason why the Vikings are happy they traded back into the first round to draft Teddy Bridgewater, who will be on the cheap for the next three or four years.

  • Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin did Randy Moss one better when he scored a touchdown in Sunday’s Super Bowl when he pretended to drop his pants and go beyond the pale. NBC cut away from the “celebration,” but fans in the stands picked it up and posted the celebration on-line. Baldwin was fined $11,025 for the infraction. Joe Buck wasn’t there to call the incident a “disgusting act.”


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