Rams running back Tre Mason’s mother said her son has the “mindset of a 10-year-old” due to repeated concussions, according to audio obtained by TMZ.
Mason’s mother Tina made the comments to police after Mason was stopped on July 27 after allegedly speeding in his ATV. Mason, who has played two seasons with the Rams, has not been in contact with the team since the end of last season.
His mother told police he should not be playing football.
“No, actually, he shouldn't [be playing], because this is the football that drives everybody, that nobody even knows about," Tina Mason said, according to TMZ. “He gets knocked around and everything else. There's CTE and this head-injury thing. You can say he should be playing football, but this is not what it is. After the off–season we could clearly see the change. Like, completely.”
Mason has had multiple incidents involving law enforcement this off-season. In March, Mason was pulled over after allegedly speeding and tased when he refused to exit the vehicle. Mason’s mother called the police on July 23 after she said her son was making “irrational statements.”
“As much as he's accomplished, as hard as he's worked, 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 said. “He doesn't even know. He's not conscious enough.”
A third-round pick out of Auburn, Mason ran for 972 yards in two years with the Rams.