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.