You could make an argument that the Green Bay Packers have a drug problem. The tally for drug-related suspensions just keeps growing, with the latest casualty being second-year receiver Geronimo Allison.
Allison will be taking his unpaid leave during the first regular season game.
This was obviously in the works when Allison got pulled over speeding up I-43 in September. That isn’t even the dumb part, though. He left his weed sitting in plain view on his passenger seat.
He was charged with possession in December and pleaded no contest in April, when he paid a $330.50 fine.
The league’s hammer of justice is going to cost him a little more, however. The game he’ll miss will take a $31,764 paycheck away from Allison.
As with any suspension, Allison won’t count for a roster spot until the Packers activate him after he’s eligible to return. That likely clears a spot for a receiver who wouldn’t have otherwise made the team — at least for one week.
Perhaps more importantly, Allison is now in the league’s substance abuse program. Another violation and he’ll get a longer suspension.