At the NFL Combine last month, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that his running back Tre Mason needs to have “a great offseason program” this year if he wants to play a role on the team next season. After putting together a successful rookie season in 2014, Mason took on a diminished role last season due to the emergence of rookie Todd Gurley. So Fisher is hoping Mason will get back on his grind this spring and reemerge as the player he was during his rookie season when the Rams take the field again later this year.
So far, it doesn’t sound like he’s off to a great start. Over the weekend, Mason was arrested in Hollywood, Fla. following a traffic stop gone awry. According to a police report, a police officer attempted to pull Mason over on Saturday night after he observed him driving his Porsche more than 75 MPH in a 35 MPH zone. However, Mason initially refused to pull over, and when he finally did, he refused to tell the officer his name or hand over his driver’s license and pulled out his phone to record his interaction with the officer. His car also reportedly smelled like marijuana at the time. So eventually, the officer was forced to place Mason under arrest. Mason refused to cooperate with the officer, though, which reportedly led to the cop calling for backup and resorting to the use of a Taser to get Mason out of his car.
“The defendant was warned several times in a composed voice to stop resisting, exit the vehicle, and if he did not comply with arrest, a Taser would be used,” the police report says.
Mason was taken to a hospital after officers were able to arrest him, and once he was cleared to leave, he was charged with suspicion of possession of marijuana, reckless driving, failure to register a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest.
The Rams released a statement saying that they are “very disappointed” about what happened with Mason. Stay tuned for more information.