GREEN BAY – Coach Mike McCarthy called Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion’s latest legal issue “a pending matter” Wednesday on the eve of training camp, but Guion is expected to practice with the team.
Guion, who already was starting this season on a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, was arrested June 21 in Hawaii and charged with driving under the influence. His blood alcohol level was found to be .086. The legal limit in Hawaii is .08.
“Letroy’s situation is obviously a pending matter,” McCarthy said. “He’s made mistakes, and we’re still working with him.”
It could amount to Guion’s third strike with the Packers.
Guion was first arrested while on the team’s roster in February 2015 and charged with two felony counts for possession of a 9-mm semi-automatic handgun and two bags of marijuana that contained a total of 357 grams. He later pleaded no contest to possession of marijuana and paid a $5,000 fine. The charge of having a gun while committing a felony was dropped, and a plea deal prevented Guion from having a conviction on his record.
The NFL handed Guion his suspension for violating its performance-enhancing drug policy in March.
Guion won’t be eligible to play until the Packers travel to the Dallas Cowboys in October, and that’s only if he avoids more punishment from the league for his arrest last month. But McCarthy expects his 10th-year tackle will be on the practice field Thursday morning.
“As far as everything, based on what’s going on this morning, physical, conditioning and so forth,” McCarthy said, “I anticipate he will be.”
The Packers also are addressing legal matters on their coaching staff.
Safeties coach Darren Perry will pay $956 – of which $225 was a court-imposed fine – and lose his driving privileges for eight months after being convicted in Brown County Circuit Court of drunken driving. Perry was arrested in December and charged with driving under the influence and refusing a breathalyzer.
The first-time offense in Wisconsin was an ordinance violation, not a crime. Perry previously was convicted of drunken driving in Pennsylvania in 1997 and 2007, and had another charge dropped after being arrested in Louisiana on suspicion of drunken driving in 2000.
It’s unclear whether Perry will receive punishment from the league.
“The internal process has moved forward in accordance with the National Football League,” McCarthy said, “and I’m comfortable with where we are.”