Los Angeles Rams running back Tre Mason was stunned with a Taser during a Saturday-night arrest in Hollywood, Fla., after reportedly showing “great resistance” as officers tried to apprehend him, ESPN reports.
Mason was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana, reckless driving, failure to register a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.
“We are very disappointed to learn of an incident involving Tre Mason in the Miami, Fla., area Saturday afternoon,” the Rams said in a statement Sunday. “We are in the process of obtaining more information about the facts surrounding this incident and will have no further comment at this time.”
According to the report, an officer started pursuing Mason after the football player was spotted driving along at more than twice the speed limit in a 35 mph zone. The officer said that Mason drove away from him and stopped only when his car was blocked by another vehicle, ESPN notes. When the officer started to question Mason, the running back reportedly refused to give his name or provide his driver’s license. The officer also says that he smelled marijuana in the vehicle.
“I warned the defendant if he did not identify himself, he would be subject to arrest, and he smirked as he was making eye contact,” Officer Lester Cochenour noted in his report.
The officer told Mason that he was under arrest and asked him to step out of the vehicle. Mason, however, reportedly refused to do so and tried to “brace himself” inside the car and showed “great resistance” when officers attempted to pull him out, ESPN reports.
“The defendant was warned several times in a composed voice to stop resisting, exit the vehicle and if he did not comply with arrest, a Taser would be used,” the officer wrote in the report.
Mason was eventually taken into custody before being taken to a local hospital for medical clearance, ESPN notes.
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