Top NFL Prospect Shane Ray Cited for Marijuana Possession

Shane Ray

Top NFL Prospect Shane Ray Cited for Marijuana Possession

Incident occurred three days before start of league draft.

Published April 28, 2015

Not too smart.

NFL Draft prospect Shane Ray was cited for marijuana possession in Missouri on Monday, just three days before the start of the 2015 draft.

Upon being pulled over by a police officer for speeding at 5:46 a.m., the former Missouri defensive end/outside linebacker's vehicle smelled of marijuana, prompting cops' to conduct a search. Ray was cited for misdemeanor possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana, as reported by ESPN. Ray was allowed to drive from the scene and was not taken into police custody.

This does not bode well for Ray's draft stock, which was already battling through reports that he might need surgery from an ongoing bout with turf toe. There's no telling how far Ray might free fall due to this citation, but he wants everyone to know that he's truly sorry.

"I'd like to apologize to my Mother, Fans and prospective NFL teams for my poor judgment Monday morning," Ray wrote in the statement, as reported by ESPN. "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, Monday's incident only resulted in a citation. I will make better choices in the future."


Ray was projected to be an early-round draft pick before this incident.

"It is imperative that I continue to strive to better myself," Ray added. "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." 

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