At first glance, it looked like Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was running a drug operation.
When he was arrested Tuesday night, the police found a gun in his car, around $190,000 in cash and 357 grams of marijuana.
It now looks like perhaps the cops were being the sort of overzealous pigs that some of us have come to know and hate.
“Hey, look at us! We caught a drug runner! A real danger to society! Line up to pat us on the back!”
You can pretty much tell that’s the case by the way the police laid the seized evidence out on a table and distributed photos of it. Good job, guys!
But not so fast.
That gun? Unloaded and registered to Guion in Minnesota. That cash? From Guion’s Packers paychecks for use to help his family.
A source with knowledge of the details told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan the handgun was unloaded in a box and that Guion has a permit to carry it in Minnesota.
Guion was in the process of moving back from Green Bay to his home in Starke, (Florida) the source said.
The source said further that Guion, after cashing his Packers paychecks, was going to use the money to help his family in Starke, and he provided proof of the money’s origin through recent bank statements.
Of course, that still doesn’t explain the weed, at least in a legal sense.
It can probably be explained pretty easily by, “It’s the offseason and I wanna get high!” And you know what? Go right ahead. Someone smoking a bunch of weed isn’t hurting me, you or anyone else.
That 357 grams probably looks like a huge number, so here’s the math on it.
An eighth, which is the smallest amount of weed most people sell, is a little over 3.5 grams. If you’re a heavy smoker, this probably lasts you a day. If you’re not, maybe it lasts you a week. So Letroy had about 102 eighths on him.
That still sounds like a lot. Of course, once you reveal that you possess drugs, everyone wants some.
What I’m getting at here is, Letroy probably bought his offseason weed supply as a one-time purchase. In a way, that mitigates risk, since he doesn’t have to go out and repeatedly buy weed throughout the offseason.
Am I trying to say this was okay?
No. Although I don’t agree with it, it’s still illegal and therefore, it was stupid to have that much weed on your person. If you’re an NFL player, you pay some lackey to go buy your weed for you. Then you don’t go to jail.
That’s ultimately the point here.
If Letroy Guion is guilty of anything, it’s being an idiot. Perhaps by the technical definition of the law, he’s a criminal, but it doesn’t appear he should be classified as such.