Shane Ray, Missouri’s Top Prospect, Cited For Marijuana
Just a few days before the 2015 NFL Draft, Missouri’s Shane Ray, who is a potential first round pick, was given a summons for marijuana possession.
The incident took place on Monday in Missouri, where the defensive end was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 70. During the traffic stop, the officer smelled marijuana and searched the car.
The officer then found a stash of weed in the car’s compartment, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesperson Cpl. Scott White. However, Ray showed no signs of driving under the influence, so he was allowed to drive away from the incident. But he left with citations for “misdemeanor possession, failure to drive in the right lane and he also walked away with a warning for speeding.” His court date is currently set for June 30.
He released a statement to Adam Schefter following the incident. “I’d like to apologize to my Mother, Fans and prospective NFL teams for my poor judgement Monday morning. I am embarrassed and realize there are consequences for my actions. I was not under the influence nor impaired, therefore I was not detained. Fortunately, Monday’s incident only resulted in a citation. I will make better choices in the future. It is imperative that I continue to strive to better myself. My future NFL career has been something I have always dreamed about and is very important to me. I commit that my actions will represent that. There are no excuses here and I will take the necessary steps to ensure this will not happen again. I will not jeopardize my ability to have a positive impact on and off the field moving forward.”
During his 2014 season with the Tigers, the defensive end had 65 total tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss, 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. Again, Shane Ray was predicted to go in the first round in this week’s NFL Draft, but everyone will have to wait until Thursday to see if this citation hurts his stock.