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Poor Decision Leads to Arrest for Packers' Guion

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Poor Decision Leads to Arrest for Packers' Guion

It's becoming harder and harder to defend Letroy Guion these days.

As of Wednesday afternoon, it got even harder.

The nine-year NFL veteran entering his fourth season with the Packers had another run-in with the law; this time in a Honolulu neighborhood. He was pulled over at roughly 4 a.m. and failed a breathalyzer test. Guion was likely in Hawaii celebrating his 30th birthday, which falls on the 21st of this month.

KHON2, a Hawaii-based news outlet was the first to report Guion's arrest.

"A Green Bay Packers defensive lineman was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant early Wednesday morning in Waikiki. According to sources, Letroy Guion was pulled over at around 4 a.m. by police on Kalakaua Avenue. He later failed a breathalyzer test."

Guion was released after posting a $500 bond, per's Lakisha Jackson.

As if the troubled Guion needed to give any more of a reason for fans to protest the surrendering of his roster spot with pitchforks. Evidently, this isn't the first time he has faced both legal and league consequences.

In February of 2015, Guion was arrested for possession of marijuana and a firearm in Florida. By July, the NFL would suspend him for the first three games of the regular season. A mere seven months later, the Packers handed Guion a three-year, $11.25 million dollar contract. They clearly saw upside in the veteran defensive tackle, despite not recording a single sack in 2015.

The drought of impact plays would continue for Guion through the 2016 season, albeit he was capable of generating serviceable, yet, inconsistent pressure at his versatile 3-4 spot. However, one would think when the NFL issued a four-game suspension for Guion to start the 2017 season, the Packers had reached their limit.

That just wasn't the case. Guion remained on the roster despite violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances. He was a cheap rotational piece who would cash in on $1.7 million in 2017. Now, it's up in the air whether or not he'll be on the Packers' roster come July.

While nothing immediate has come out of the organization, they did issue a statement Wednesday evening.

"The Packers are aware of the matter involving Letroy Guion. We will refrain from making any further comment as it is an ongoing legal matter."

There are currently seven other defensive linemen on the Packers' active roster, not counting unsigned draft pick Montravius Adams, who remains as one of the only draft picks in the NFL yet to ink a contract.

There's currently a cluster of free agent 3-4 defensive linemen on the market, including veterans Vance Walker and Arthur Jones, as well as former Packer Cullen Jenkins.

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Mark Quarderer's picture

This is almost surely the end for Guion in Green Bay. Too bad, he's played pretty well for us.

Daniels, Clark, Lowry, Francois, Adams as the active 5
This gives Ringo a chance at the 53, or somebody else.

If Clark and Lowry step it up, and we stay healthy, we'll be OK without Guion.

frank the fork's picture

B Price looks good and may get on the 53, depends on WR's and DB's …wish it was 55 on roster as injuries are bound to happen. LG was good as a Packer but that should seal it as a no go.

canadapacker's picture

There comes a time when one just cannot keep overlooking things. This is probably the time.

TheVOR's picture

When they announced he was on another 4 game suspension this season, I was already moved on. Dude needs to be released. He clearly prefers moronic behavior to playing NFL Football.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Take the $3.08M cap savings and boot this guy. We can get by without him.

Allan Murphy's picture

This will end his stay in greenbay bet .

stockholder's picture

I'm thankful for the years he did give to Green Bay. I still believe the packers will give him every opportunity to play. There are so many ways to help him. It's up to him. I'm willing to give him another chance, before he's shipped out.

Nick Perry's picture

I don't know about that Stockholder. I think giving him that contract after the firearms and weed ordeal was the Packers way of saying "Hey, we're here for you even though you're dumb enough to drive around with enough weed in your car to get EVERYONE in Green Bay stoned for a month!"

McCarthy tells his players every season before the break between mini camps and TC to stay out of trouble, not do anything stupid, and stay in shape. So Guion, a grown ass man couldn't do it in the off season OR the 5 weeks before TC. You'd think a man facing a suspension wouldn't go party in Hawaii if his NFL career was important to him. He's had enough chances. Cut his ass and give his spot and money he's set to earn to a player who'll actually be available this year at some point and is smart enough to know partying in Hawaii might not have been a good idea.

stockholder's picture

I won't be against cutting him. But I believe they won't. TT has given a lot of players chances. Jolly is a perfect example. I believe the packers are taking preventive steps. (Adams) Guion needs help. But his play is what the packers need. Suh never was kicked off the lions for his misbehavior. TT will honor his contract.

marpag1's picture

Aloha, Letroy. Hope your birthday bash in Hawaii was fun.

Lphill's picture


Since '61's picture

Chuck him! If he doesn't care about his own career he's not going to care about his teammates and his responsibilities to the team. Fortunately, this latest incident did not include him injuring anyone. He's not good enough as a player to be worth all this trouble. For his sake and everyone around him he should seek some professional help. Thanks, Since '61

RCPackerFan's picture

When I first saw the reports that Guion was arrested for a DUI. I thought he for sure was done in Green Bay.

After seeing a little more I am not completely sure he will be gone, but I would say its still more likely he will be.

According to reports he blew a .086. In Hawaii the level is .08. So he was barely above the level.

If he had blown a lot higher I would say that he absolutely would be gone. Not saying they will but I they may look at what actually happened and give him one last chance.

Nick Perry's picture

Doesn't really matter what he blows IMO RC, failing the test is failing the test. Combined with his track record the last few years and the fact the Packers already stood behind over $11 million ways. Get someone else who at least demonstrates he gives a damn.

Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Fool me 3 times get the hell out of here!

This is coming from someone who's lived a 12 step lifestyle for over 20 years. At some point enough has got to be enough.

RCPackerFan's picture

Yeah. Maybe not...
Just basing it on McCarthy and his tendencies to give guys extra chances. I can see it going either way to be honest.

My point about the blood alcohol level, is he could have had roughly 3 beers and blew that. There is a difference in having 3 beers and having 9.

I'm not saying he won't be released. Just saying that looking into the story more then just the headlines is what the Packers will be doing, where most of our reactions are looking at the headlines.

Right now I would say there is probably a 75% chance he gets released. I'm just saying its not an absolute.

dobber's picture

The league will likely act on this and add to his "weeks off", no?

RCPackerFan's picture

Maybe? I do wonder if they will or not. Which could also determine the outcome of whether he returns or not.

If they added 4 more games to his suspension that would take him to week 8.
Perhaps they will want to keep him around until then incase there are injuries?

Again all speculating at this point. They could release him today too...

dobber's picture

If he's on the "suspended list" he doesn't count against the roster, so it doesn't hurt to leave him there just in case...unless the media backlash of keeping him is too problematic.

RCPackerFan's picture

And that is why I can see them keeping him.

I don't think the media backlash will be to harsh to be honest.

Again. I'm not saying they will, just saying that I could see them.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

They'd have to push back his roster bonus payments again. Currently $300K is due 10/2/17 and another in November.

lebowski's picture

Cut his stupid ass.

Since69's picture

We've got to cut him. And frankly, I don't think he'll be missed; I never thought he was that good. I know stats don't tell the whole story on d-linemen, but since 2014 he's got 32 tackles, no sacks, no fumbles and one pass batted down. We can't do better?

Spock's picture

The Packers have been more than patient with Guion. I'm all for giving people a second chance, but when that turns into 3rd and forth chances to change it's time to let him walk. Heck, he was in trouble with the Vikings before coming to Green Bay. I doubted his chances to make the team after his suspension this season; this is just the nail in the coffin.

holmesmd's picture

His first summer on the Packers was the summer the suitcase of money & Herb went down. He's not violent. No property damage, and the coaches feel the guy can play. No reason to cut him now. Let him ride out his punishment on the suspended list and free up a roster spot. Makes little sense for dumping a 320lb DT for having a few beers prior to going home on his birthday. Interestingly, no mention of "why" he was pulled over?! No mention of erratic driving. Hhmm, probably "in the wrong neighborhood" or some BS. It's a non-issue and isn't directly related to football activities. If he's good enough to make the 53, I'm not cutting him for this offense & I don't think the Packers will either. Just my opinion.

Handsback's picture

The Packers don't need to do anything until after the 4th game of the year. He can be cut then, which is likely, or signed in case of an injury. He's a chucklehead and probably will never change. It appears he inherited it from his Dad if the reports I read are accurate.

So no action required at this time. Unfortunately, we will see more stupidity in the coming weeks.

DThomas's picture

I'm not sure they will but I hope they waive Guion. He has proven he can't be counted upon. As Handsback suggests, perhaps they wait until after his suspension to see how others on the DL are doing, but I think they have enough depth to cut him loose now. As to his on-field performance last year: After noting Guion led the DL in tackles per snap and that he led the team in tackles for loss, McGinn wrote that where he "fell off the face of the earth is pass rush". McGinn's summary: "Next year, he’d be fine as a first-down/short-yardage specialist. Nothing more." He gave Guion a D+.

PETER MAIZ's picture

I think his relatives are small time suppliers of drugs where he originally comes from. It's not a good example.

egbertsouse's picture

I never did understand TT's man-crush on this guy, he was nothing but a marginal player with head problems. Time to dump him!

Since69's picture

If we need a body, Jared Odrick is still unsigned...

dobber's picture

I like the thought of bringing in Odrick (I thought he fit TTs mold earlier in the FA period), but he has a reputation for being an odd fish and some question whether football is very important to him.

Still, he's shown he can play.

4zone's picture

The man needs real help in his personal life. That's way more important than if he plays for the Packers again or not. Hope he gets it.

Ibleedgreenmore's picture

To me he needs to go, we can wait till the 4 th game but what if he gets another fine or whatever. We can do better I mean really he is not that great.

Tarynfor12's picture

Sounds like many are learning a valuable lesson in regard to NFL players and the second, third chance.
Give a mouse a piece of cheese once, twice...have a glass of milk ready as you just offered and condoned his bad behavior.
Regardless of stature as a player, he should know the consequences for their actions more so because of what's at stake....which is more than most can ever dream of getting.
Cut them and cast them out of the NFL the first criminal action done. There are many who can play as well and obey the law and self disciplined to refrain from the...I can do what I want...I'm an NFL player mentality.

lou's picture

It is a BUSINESS, his recent production has not been equal to his compensation the past 2 seasons and even if he were a "choir boy" that puts him on the bubble as well as his age, in addition to a long history of issues, time to move on.

snowdog's picture

If you will , let me start out by saying yes "he's a chucklehead " .He is selfish,he hurts the team and possibly guys in the locker rooms attitude not wanting to play with a guy that's not a teammate. I cannot accept the oft time used excuse that it was his upbringing or his environment that influenced his decision making.He's a grown man capable of "Solid" choices.
I believe his Miami situation that happened is being judged by the media and our well intentioned fans,however though,I can see through my eyes to his.
To qualify,I possess a conceal/carry firearm permit.
(firearm,not weapon) . If was in the opinion it was needed to protect myself or my possessions then I carry.Not knowing if he had a permit,I feel he was justified to carry to safeguard substantial amount of cash.That's not against the law. Now... Marijuana. IMO
As long as your not dealing, why care? It's not like it's an opioid.
Thank you for reading my ramblings.

Couch Cleats's picture

I'm pissed at Guion too but I see the Packers waiting as long as possible to make a decision on him. If that position group looks strong in camp and remains fairly healthy I think they probably let him go.

If the league adds to the suspension he already has coming they might also let him go.

If that group looks thin or ends up with multiple injuries then they will probably keep him. I'm hoping some young players show enough improvement to cut him loose and I'll bet TT and MM are too.

Other veteran players will become available after roster cuts across the league too. I have to think there is going to be someone available that we can at least be confident wont get suspended.

A level headed decision maker waits until he has the guy to replace him before he cuts him loose.

al bundy's picture

I guess I dont see what the big deal was, it was his birthday. Arent you allowed to get drunk on your birthday and drive around at 3 am in the morning, a black man no less in Hawaii.
Should have just put a flashing red light on your car that says STUPID.
The Pack should and probably will can this moron because he is going to get a hell of lot more than 4 games now.

Dzehren's picture

Thank God Uncle Ted moved Letroy Guion's roster bonus & guaranteed money until week 12 of the 2017 NFL season after Letroy's drug bust and PED sanction. Can u say Ricky Jean Francois.

TT was ahead of this clown & gave him no guaranteed $$ & signed RJF all set.

jyros's picture

I will never understand why a millionaire neglects to spend for a cab. Dough-head!

PETER MAIZ's picture

Or Uber.

Hoyt Harper's picture

It's time to part ways. He's had too many chances.

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