GREEN BAY | During Tuesday’s practice the Green Bay Packers made a roster move that many saw coming. The team released defensive tackle Letroy Guion.
Guion had several off field issues and it appears his latest one was the tipping point for general manager Ted Thompson. Guion was arrested for a DUI in Hawaii last month. He was already on suspension for the first four games of this season from a previous marijuana-related traffic stop. Guion still remained on the roster and practiced with the Packers during training camp. When asked about Guion’s status head coach Mike McCarthy continued to give no sign it would change: “Letroy’s situation is obviously a pending matter,” McCarthy said. “He’s made mistakes and we’re still working with him.” He went on to confirm that Guion would be practicing with the team during camp as long as he is healthy and available.
However Tuesday GM Ted Thompson made the decision to release Guion.
Guion played in 44 regular season-games with 35 starts for Green Bay over the last three seasons and appeared in seven postseason contests with five starts.
The details of Letroy Guion’s arrest on suspicion of drunk driving were revealed Thursday a little more than a week since the story broke about the Green Bay Packers defensive lineman.
According to the police report obtained by the Associated Press, Guion smelled of alcohol and marijuana when he was pulled over in Hawaii in the early morning hours of June 21. He reportedly stumbled when trying to walk and his speech was slurred. Guion’s blood alcohol level of .086 percent was just slightly higher than the legal limit of .08.
The incident occurred on Guion’s 30th birthday, something he tried to use to get out of the arrest, saying to police, “Please sir, it’s my birthday. I can have someone else drive.”
Police pulled Guion over because he was drifting between lanes. According to the records, Guion told the officer that arrested him that he had been drinking Hennessy all night and that he doesn’t drink any of “that weak stuff.”
The Packers only comment on the arrest has been that they are aware of it but would offer nothing further as it is an ongoing legal matter.
Guion was arrested back in 2015 on drug and gun charges in Florida and was suspended for three games that season as a result. The nose guard is already slated to miss the first four games of the 2017 season after violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Last week Packers coach Mike McCarthy warned his players to stay out of trouble during their time before training camp. One player, who has been in and out of trouble, apparently did not listen. Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion has been arrested again.
Already facing a four-game suspension to start the 2017 season for violating the league’s PED policy, Guion could now face personal conduct penalties after a being arrested for drunk driving in Hawaii.
According to Sam Spangler of KHON, Guion was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. He was pulled over in Waikiki around 4 a.m., and later failed a breathalyzer test.
The 30-year-old Guion was also arrested in 2015 on marijuana and handgun charges, when he was stopped in Florida with $190,028.81 in cash in his truck.
Last week, during Packers mini-camps, coach McCarthy talked about how he hoped his players would stay safe and out of trouble.
“You always worry about them,” said McCarthy. “So knock on wood. I don’t worry a whole lot once you get past the 4th of July.”
The Green Bay Packers will be without the services of nose tackle Letroy Guion for the first four games of the 2017 season.
The NFL announced Tuesday that Guion had been suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
It’s the second year that Guion will miss time as a result of being suspended, with a three-game ban to start the 2015 season coming from an offseason arrest for possession of marijuana and a firearm in February of that year.
Last season, Guion started 15 games, finishing with 30 tackles and one forced fumble.