Defensive lineman Letroy Guion is an off-field embarrassment to the Green Bay Packers and he holds little promise for helping the team out on the field either.
In February 2015, Guion was arrest on charges of possession of marijuana and a firearm. His attorneys plea-bargained things down to a misdemeanor and a $5,000 fine. Guion was caught with 357 grams of marijuana, a semiautomatic handgun and more than $190,000 in cash.
The NFL gave him a three-game suspension, so he lost about a half-million dollars for not being paid for three games and due to having a roster bonus of $71,875 for each game he played in. The Packers, in fact, started out the 2015 season minus two suspended defensive linemen: Guion and Datone Jones, who was suspended one game for substance abuse.
This week, the NFL announced another suspension of Guion, for four games — this time for using performance-enhancing drugs. Is anyone surprised?
Packers Coddle Lawbreakers and Cheaters
Last July, I indicated it was time the Packers sent a strong message to any would-be druggers, cheaters and criminals on the team.
They had sent one to Guion, but it was the opposite message. Shortly after his case was settled, the Packers re-signed Guion to a $2.75 million one-year deal. Then last February, Guion got a new three-year, $11 million deal.
In three years in Green Bay, Guion has never had more than 32 tackles, he hasn’t had a sack the last two years and he’s only forced one fumble. Guion will be 30 years old in June and he has lost some of the mobility he once had.
Under his current contract, Guion is set to have a salary cap charge of just over $3.6 million in 2017. That’s money that can better be spent elsewhere. The Packers have youngsters like Dean Lowry and Kenny Clark to replace Guion’s snaps, allowing him to concentrate full-time on drugs.
I’m not a win-at-any-cost guy. I don’t want thugs like Guion infecting the Packers’ locker room or wearing the green-and-gold jersey, period.