The Rams haven't played a single game in their return to Los Angeles yet, but they already lead the league in one category — offseason crime in the year 2016!
It's been a while since Rams running back Tre Mason has carried the mail for his squad. With the Rams using a top ten pick on Georgia running back Todd Gurley prior to the 2015 season, the starting reins were handed over to him this past season, and it left Mason on the outside looking in. Not since running for 117 yards in a November 2014 game against the Raiders has Mason been the bell cow for the Rams. However, this past weekend he was able to reach back and find some of the old magic, albeit at committing crimes, not at running the football.
The incident took place, somewhat ironically, in a town called Hollywood, Florida. Mason owns a home in nearby Delray Beach and he was driving around on Saturday afternoon in a Porsche 911 when he was pulled over by police after cutting over through two lanes of traffic to avoid an accident while doing 75 in a 35 mph zone.
And the fun was just beginning...
Mason was on his cellphone when he was pulled over after a short chase and began recording his interaction with the officer, according to police.
"I told the defendant he could record me, but he would still eventually have to produce his license," the report said. "The defendant stated he didn't have it."
Mason then shook his head no when the officer asked him for his name, and continued to smirk at the officer when he asked if he had any other identification on him, the report said.
When the officer asked Mason to spell his first name, he replied with "T-R-E-N-C," the report said. He then spelled his last name, "M-A."
The officer then turned off the ignition and told Mason to get out of the vehicle after he continued to refuse to give any identifying information, police said.
When the officer attempted to arrest Mason, according to the report, Mason "tensed his arms and straightened his body as he used the floor, steering wheel and seat to brace himself in the vehicle."
Mason was told that he'd be shot with a stun gun if he didn't comply, police said, and was eventually stunned.
As it turned out, the Porsche was registered as a Land Rover in another year.... oh, and there was weed....
Police said the tag on the Porsche was registered to Mason Nation LLC for a 2013 Land Rover. That registration expired in 2013. The Porsche didn't have a registration or assigned plate number, according to police who did a search on the vehicle identification number.
Police said they found a bag of marijuana inside the vehicle, along with a cigar containing marijuana and a burnt bud that smelled like cannabis.
Records from the Broward County Clerk of Courts indicate Mason faces charges of resisting arrest, possession of cannabis, reckless driving and failure to register a motor vehicle, which means he hit for a Fantasy Crime League grand slam — FOUR crimes in one incident! Tre Mason, it's good to have that workhorse back! Way to carry the mail!
Here are the latest standings......
FANTASY CRIME LEAGUE SCOREBOARD
(SCORING Misdemeanor, 1 point per count; Felony, 3 points per count; Murder, 10 points per count)
LOS ANGELES RAMS .. 4
3/5/16: Rams RB Tre Mason is arrested for resisting arrest, possession of cannabis, reckless driving and failure to register a motor vehicle.
BALTIMORE RAVENS ... 1
3/4/16: Ravens LB Terrell Suggs is arrested for driving on a suspended license.
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