NFL training camp has begun, which means that it is time for players to wrap up their pending criminal cases to avoid any further “distractions.” Here are the latest stories, plus a few others in the world of college and retired players:
San Francisco 49er Aldon Smith received three years of probation for a DUI and gun charges. As part of his sentence, he had to spend 12 days in jail, plus perform 235 hours of community service and pay a fine of $2,000.
Dallas Cowboys guard Ronald Leary plead guilty and received 18 months probation and a $1,000 fine for his DWI.
Seattle Seahawks running back Spencer Ware had his DUI dismissed after a judge ruled that the officer lacked reasonable suspicion to arrest him for drunk driving.
St. Louis Ram Jo-Lonn Dunbar and NBA free agent Donte Greene were arrested together in Miami for battery and disorderly conduct in South Beach, Florida.
A little more than a year after pleading guilty to a DUI, Jacksonville Jaguar wide receive Justin Blackmon was arrested for possession of marijuana after he was pulled over for a traffic violation and police smelled burning cannabis (in Illinois, that would be a DUI).
Former Bears quarterback Bob Avellini has hired a private detective to look into the blood alcohol test that Avellini took when he was arrested for his latest DUI, which occurred nine days into his two year probation for his previous DUI. The blood test result was over twice the legal limit (0.181) but my guess is that Avellini’s attorneys will try to show that the test was done improperly or that the sample may have been tainted.
Former Jets quarterback Erik Ainge had his DUI case dropped after the arresting officer moved out of state and was unavailable to testify. Who says the Jets are unlucky?
Alabama defensive lineman Jarran Reed was arrested for a DUI.
Football players don’t just commit DUIs, so here is the rest of the crime blotter:
Former Detroit Lions WR Titus Young was charged with a felony (battery with serious injuries).
Former Patriot TE Aaron Hernandez lost a motion to suppress evidence in his murder trial.
Darren Sharper is facing allegations of drugging women and sexually assaulting them in California and Arizona at the moment, and authorities have investigated him in Louisiana, Nevada and Florida. His next hearing is scheduled for August 8th in California.
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Carolina Panthers Greg Hardy was convicted of assault on a female (his girlfriend) and communicating threats. He was sentenced to probation, but under the law where the case was held, he can now “appeal” and get a jury trial do-over. This collection of quotes from the trial is a must-read.