In a development that will surprise no one, the Texans players who were unceremoniously cut by the team in the wake of Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs had been caught doing something that plenty of players do.
According to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com, the rules violation committed by Sam Montgomery, Cierre Wood, and Willie Jefferson consisted of the three men smoking marijuana.
Ganguli cites three unnamed sources in support of the report.
“I don’t understand why they did it,” linebacker Brooks Reed said. (It’s unclear whether he was corroborating the report of pot smoking or referring generally to them being cut.) “They had the opportunity of their lives and they just kind of threw it away. I don’t have too much to say about it. It’s really unfortunate. We lost a lot of depth for that game. They were great players and they had a lot of potential. We’re just going to find more guys that are more dedicated to the cause.”
Agent Chad Cannon, who represents Jefferson, said that the men were smoking a cigar. Presumably containing tobacco.
“We’re discussing the possibility of filing a grievance,” Cannon said. “I need to be in touch with them and really figure if that’s the best route to take.”
It may not be the best route because fighting the decision to cut the players could make it harder for them to get jobs with other NFL teams. And it could prompt the Texans to release evidence contradicting the claim that it was a cigar. Presumably containing tobacco.
Montgomery was a third-round pick. Jefferson and Wood were undrafted. All three reportedly were unclaimed through the waivers process.
Which could make it harder for them to buy more cigars. Presumably containing tobacco.