TMZ- L.A. Rams running back Tre Mason led police on an ATV chase through Palm Beach, FL -- after officers say he was riding dangerously in a local park ... TMZ Sports has learned.
It all went down on July 27th around 3 PM -- when cops say Mason was tearing up the grass and dirt on an ATV while not wearing a helmet or eye protection.
Cops say he was doing wheelies and "spinning the tires so the dirt and grass would shoot out on to [the nearby road]." One officer tried to approach Mason to talk -- but the RB drove right past him at a high rate of speed ... so cops gave chase. They eventually followed Mason back to his home, where he locked himself inside.
Cops spoke with a family member who convinced Tre to come outside -- where he was cited for operating an ATV on public roads and fleeing cops. Cops later towed the vehicle from the scene because it was not registered to anyone.
It's just the latest in a string of troubling police incidents involving Mason -- the 6th time cops have been called for an incident involving the 23-year-old in less than 5 months.
I'm totally aware of the optics of a former NFL player - who played a position that basically invited potential head trauma - suddenly going off the rails and acting like a total lunatic, but have we ruled out the possibility that he just finally found his calling? I don't want to say it by name, but I feel like people are pessimistically jumping to the conclusion that Tre Mason is suffering from a certain 3 letter condition while completely ignoring all other options. Obviously his health is an important thing to keep an eye on with the increased attention being given to serious head injuries. However, shouldn't we at least consider that Tre Mason is an exponentially more provocative person when he's not playing football?
I'm much more intrigued by him running away from the police on 4-wheelers than by him running away from linebackers on foot? Doesn't it count for anything that he seems much more fit to tie a tattered red bandana around his head and play 'Rambo' than he does to put on a helmet and play second fiddle to Todd Gurley. The guy, as mentally unstable as he may be, sounds like he would be much happier appearing from the woods through a cloud of smoke than he would be plowing through the line of scrimmage picking up 3-4 yards in a cloud of dust. Who - other than a neurologist - is really to say whether to not Tre Mason's football career wasn't just some cover for the life he truly wanted to live the entire time? A life chalked full of disjointed thoughts, conspiracy theories, and thrilling recreational vehicle chases around his hometown. As long we ignore the fact that his brain might very well be complete mush, Tre Mason's life after football is far more compelling than his life during it.