The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added running back Tre Mason, who has a history of run-ins with the law.
Mason was a third round pick by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 Draft after an excellent career at Auburn. But his time in the NFL featured several incidents of troubling behaviour including a stretch in which police were called five times in four months.
His most recent arrest came in January of 2017. From an ESPN story:
A dash-cam video posted by TMZ recorded Mason’s mom, Tina, telling responding officers that her son is “22 in a 10-year-old’s mindset right now.”
“Tre is not himself at all,” Mason’s mom told police that day. “He’s not making good decisions.”
Mason’s mother called police multiple times, concerned about her son’s behaviour.
According to the police report, Mason told responding officers that day he was “going to call the White House and we were all going to lose our jobs” and “the police were responsible for teaching al-Qaida how to fly planes.”
Mason was released in March, 2017 after he stopped communicating with teammates and coaches.
Mason is the second high-profile former NFL running back brought in by general manager and head coach Chris Jones. Former NFLer Trent Richardson played four games for the team last season and is currently on the suspended list.