Missouri Tigers: Shane Ray Cited For Possession Of Marijuana


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Missouri Tigers defensive end Shane Ray looked to be a top ten draft pick following a stellar 2014 season where he managed 47 tackles, 18 assists, 14.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. Not only did Ray have the opportunity to represent the Missouri Tigers in the NFL, but he had the opportunity to represent Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park, Kansas.

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About a week ago reports came out that Ray was battling a foot injury similar to turf toe. There were conflicting reports on whether the injury would require surgery or not, but teams started asking questions. Some teams believe that Ray can get through the injury with rest while others believe that the injury will require surgery before he could play.

The reports and confusion around the severity of his foot injury were already threatening his chances of being drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft so what transpired Monday morning seemed to have confirmed that he would fall out of the first round.

Shane Ray was pulled over around 5 AM Monday morning in Missouri for a traffic violation and received a citation for possession of Marijuana.

Teams now have to not only worry about the foot injury for Ray, but his character off the field. If he can’t stay away from drugs days before the biggest day of his life, will he be able to stay away from drugs when he actually joins a team?

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Shane Ray issued a statement Monday night regarding the legal troubles he got into on Monday morning.

"“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, Mondays 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.”-Courtesy of Adam Schefter"

Hopefully Ray can go to a team with good leadership and he can turn things around and walk the straight and narrow much like KC Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston has done after facing similar issues and dropping in the Draft.

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