Former Mizzou All-American Shane Ray cited for marijuana possession Monday before NFL Draft
COOPER COUNTY, Mo. — Former University of Missouri and Bishop Miege High School defensive star Shane Ray was cited by the Missouri Highway Patrol for marijuana possession and a lane violation on Monday morning according to an online arrest report.
The report shows that Ray was cited for possessing less than 35 grams of marijuana, and also failing to drive in the right lane of a two or more lane highway. According to Missouri statutes, the marijuana charge is a class A misdemeanor and the traffic charge is a class C misdemeanor.
Corporal Scott White, the public information officer for Troop F of the Missouri Highway Patrol, said Ray was clocked speeding while driving westbound on Interstate 70 and pulled over at the 108 mile marker at about 5:45 a.m. on Monday. The trooper smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the car, performed a search and said marijuana was found.
Ray was not impaired and cooperative with the traffic stop, and ultimately given a warning for speeding in addition to the two citations. He was released on his own recognizance per local policy, and has a court date on June 30 in Cooper County.
Ray played defensive end for the Tigers and was the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. He broke Mizzou’s single-season sack record with 14.5, and also had 65 combined solo and assisted tackles. He was also a consensus All-American, appearing on the first-team of at least half of All-American lists.
Ray has widely been considered a first-round talent for the NFL Draft, which starts with the first round in Chicago on Thursday night. The Associated Press pegged Ray in the top 10 of the draft according to its latest projections.
He is now automatically enrolled in the behavioral portion of Phase 1 of the NFL’s substance abuse program. At this time, he is not subject to league discipline, but is subject to random drug testing.
Ray provided this statement:
“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 will make better choices in the future. It is imperative that I continue to strive to better myself. 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.”