Packers release Guion after arrest, suspension

The Green Bay Packers on Tuesday released defensive tackle Letroy Guion, who was arrested on charges of intoxicated driving in June and was suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Guion was arrested June 21 in Hawaii, and a police report showed his blood-alcohol level was .086 percent about an hour after his early morning arrest in Waikiki. He smelled of alcohol and marijuana, stumbled when he walked and spoke with slurred speech when police pulled him over, according to the police report.

The suspension, from an unrelated incident, was the league’s second disciplinary action against Guion in three seasons.

Guion started 15 games last season, making 30 tackles. The nine-year veteran agreed to a three-year deal worth $11.25 million in February 2016.

Neither coach Mike McCarthy nor general manager Ted Thompson were available to discuss Guion’s release on Tuesday.

Just one day earlier, Guion was leading the defensive and offensive linemen in a post-practice group stretch.

He was a popular player in the locker room despite his off-field issues.

“Letroy’s a great teammate; he comes in here and puts a lot of smiles on everybody’s faces,” Packers second-year defensive lineman Kenny Clark said. “He’s giving us energy in the games and giving us everything he’s got. He’s a great teammate, and it was just a crazy situation.”

With Tuesday’s move, the Packers wipe Guion’s base salary of $1.7 million and roster bonuses totaling $1.6 million off their cap. They made this move even though they’re thin on the defensive line, with Montravius Adams out indefinitely following left foot surgery last week.

Guion also was suspended for three games in 2015 for violating the substance-abuse policy after he was arrested in February 2015 for possession of marijuana in his hometown of Starke, Florida. He paid a $5,000 fine as part of a plea agreement.

Guion signed with the Packers in 2014 after spending six seasons with NFC North rival Minnesota.

ESPN Staff Writer Robert Demovsky and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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