The Missouri defensive end is a projected top-10 pick in Thursday’s draft and admitted there was no excuse for the legal situation he had got himself involved in.
Ray was issued a misdemeanour citation after a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper found a small amount of the drug in his car – he had been pulled over on Interstate 70 for speeding.
Corporal Scott White said Ray, a 6ft 3in 245-pound defender, was??co-operative and showed no signs of impairment – he was released with a summons to appear in Cooper County court in June.
Ray, who was the SEC’s defensive player of the year, said in a statement:??”I???d like to apologize to my mother, fans and prospective NFL teams for my poor judgement Monday morning .
“I am embarrassed and realise there are consequences for my actions. I was not under the influence nor impaired , therefore I was not detained. Fortunately, Mondays incident only resulted in a citation.
“I will make better choices in the future. It is imperative that I continue to strive to better myself.
“My future NFL career has been something I have always dreamed about and is very important to me. I commit that my actions will represent that.
“There are no excuses here and I will take the necessary steps to ensure this will not happen again. I will not jeopardise my ability to have a positive impact on and off the field moving forward.???
Ray was tabbed to go with the eighth pick to the Atlanta Falcons in Neil Reynolds’ recent mock draft.