Packers' Guion arrested in Hawaii on DUI charge
Aaron Nagler and Ryan Wood discuss what's next for both Letroy Guion and the Green Bay Packers after it was announced that the defensive tackle has been suspended four games for a performance-enhancing substances violation. (March 7, 2017) USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
GREEN BAY – Letroy Guion's future with the Green Bay Packers is even more in doubt after he was arrested Wednesday in Hawaii and charged with driving under the influence.
Guion, who is under suspension for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, was found to have a blood alcohol level of .086 during a routine traffic stop. The legal limit in Hawaii is .08.
“The Packers are aware of the matter involving Letroy Guion," a Packers spokesman said. "We will refrain from making any further comment as it is an ongoing legal matter.”
Honolulu Police said Guion was pulled over at 4:20 a.m. Honolulu time during a routine traffic stop.
Guion, who turned 30 on Wednesday, was released on $500 bail.
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The Packers had not indicated how long they would keep Guion on the roster after his second suspension in March, but because he would be suspended without pay for those four weeks, it would cost the team nothing to retain him as an insurance policy in the event it needed a defensive lineman.
The 2017 suspension was Guion's second with the Packers, who signed him as a street free agent in 2014.
Guion's first suspension came after he was stopped in February 2015 in Florida because his truck was swerving across the center line. Officers found a gun, three-fourths of a pound of marijuana and $190,000 in cash. He pleaded no contest to possession of marijuana and paid a $5,000 fine.
As a result, he served a three-game suspension at the start of the 2015 NFL season.
His legal troubles began before he joined the Packers. He had been charged in criminal cases three times, including a stalking charge and two domestic violence incidents that resulted in three counts of battery. In one case, he was charged with hitting the mother of his child in the jaw.
The Packers signed Guion to a three-year deal in February 2016 worth up to $11 million. The contract was heavy on incentives and contained only $500,000 in guaranteed money. According to an ESPN report, Guion and the Packers agreed to move two offseason roster bonuses of $400,000 into the regular season, helping the team put off a decision on whether to cut Guion loose.
If Guion stays on the roster, it will mark the third consecutive year the Packers would have a defensive lineman suspended for the start of the season. Guion and Datone Jones (one game) were suspended in 2015 and Mike Pennel served a four-game suspension in 2016 before being released.
Although Guion has started 35 games in his three years with the Packers, he gradually began to lose playing time to 2016 first-round draft pick Kenny Clark. In March, the Packers signed veteran defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois, and they used their third-round pick in the April draft to select Auburn defensive lineman Montravius Adams.
Guion's NFL career begin in 2008 with the Minnesota Vikings, who drafted him in the fifth round. He joined the Packers in 2014. He has 8.5 sacks in 112 career games, including 3.5 sacks in 44 games with the Packers.
Ryan Wood of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin contributed to this report.