It appears that Sam Montgomery’s release from the Houston Texans was not due to marijuana use, as has been reported by ESPN.com. The former LSU Tigers star was among three rookies released by Houston for a team violation prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs that involved smoking a “cigar” (otherwise known as a blunt to stoner folk).
Following his release, Montgomery voluntarily submitted to an independent drug test in order to provide further proof and evidence that he was not smoking marijuana as per the ESPN report, which was also picked up by ProFootballTalk. The results of those tests came back negative, backing the claims of Montgomery.
FanSided.com and Editor in Chief Josh Sanchez reported that they obtained the test results, which you can see came back rather clean:
According to his agent, Jeff Guerriero, Montgomery already has several teams expressing interest in him and has team visits scheduled beginning tomorrow. Not surprising considering that he was a fairly highly touted prospect while at LSU, someone will be getting a potential filled player on the cheap in the coming days.
Guerrero, released the following statement this afternoon:
“It is our position that the story written about Sam Montgomery by ESPN, which sets forth that he was dismissed from the Houston Texans for using marijuana, is completely inaccurate. Mr. Montgomery was dismissed from the team for allegedly violating a team rule. This can be confirmed by the Houston Texan personnel.”
This doesn’t mean that Montgomery didn’t violate a team rule it is important to note that, but what it does mean is that ESPN’s report is now definitely in question. You can’t pass a marijuana test days after smoking it, so Montgomery either has an extremely fast body process or ESPN has some explaining to do.
The FanSided article reported that Montgomery is looking to land on a team where he can play and make an immediate impact. I have already said that Raiders GM should take a look. Marijuana use or not, it is possible that Montgomery was being made an example out of in Houston, it is nowhere near time to write off a player who has yet to even start his career. Especially one with an SEC pedigree like Montgomery. We will find out where he lands sooner rather than later, but for now somebody is lying about why the three Houston Texans were suspended and it is either Guerriero or ESPN. This should get interesting.