Mrs. Mason tells police the 2014 third-round draft pick’s erratic behavior might be the result of brain trauma related to playing football.
Tre Mason has had a turbulent offseason. The ballcarrier never reported to the Rams for training camp, and the team says they haven’t heard from in seven months. Then in July, he received traffic violations after leading police on a chase while riding an ATV.
Now video of said chase acquired by TMZ may lend some insight into what in the world is going on with Mason. When one of the officers suggested he should be on the practice field with his teammates, his mother explained that no, actually he shouldn’t, because head injuries are behind his off-field issues.
“He gets knocked around and everything else. There’s C.T.E. and his head injury thing. You can say he should be playing football, but this is not what it is. After the offseason, clearly we could see the change, like completely.
“I mean as much as he’s accomplished, as hard as he’s worked and as much as he’s built his character, in record-breaking time it’s going downhill because of what’s going on.”
Mason’s mother added that Mason is “22 in a 10-year-old’s mindset” and sounds genuinely concerned for his well-being.
It’s a sad tale, and one unfortunately that is similar to many we’ve heard before. If Mason’s behavior has changed, even if it’s not directly related to football, exposing himself to further head injuries is a bad idea, so he probably should stay away from the game. Maybe permanently.