Shane Ray apologizes for marijuana citation

On Monday morning, former Missouri Tigers standout and reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year Shane Ray was cited for possessing “35 grams or less of Marijuana” and for failing to drive in the right lane, according to the Missouri State highway patrol.

The timing couldn’t have been worse for Ray, who is a projected first-round pick — and potentially even a top ten selection — in the upcoming NFL Draft.

After news of the citation broke, Ray released a statement accepting responsibility for his actions and showing remorse.

The statement read:

“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 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. It is imperative that I continue to strive to better myself. 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.”

It will be interesting to see how the incident impacts Shane Ray’s draft stock.

For Ray’s sake, he better hope that teams around the league do not feel the same way as former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik or he will be losing a lot of money.

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