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Packers Jolly gets six-year sentence


Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly was sentenced and it is a potential career ender. This is soul crushing for a player that teammate Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers said deserved help, not punishment.

Jolly, shown in his mugshot here, was sentenced to six years in prison for violation of the terms of his probation that kept him out of jail after an April drug conviction. After a traffic stop in July, the player’s vehicle was found to contain a gun, marijuana and cups that had residue of a substance that included codeine, Jolly’s drug of choice.

Jolly was given this six-year term. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the mother, aunt, agent and drug counselor pleaded with the judge to sentence him to a treatment facility.

Prosecutor Tracy Bennett told the court, “He had a gun; he was headed to a strip club. That’s not somebody that’s really trying to change the way they live or trying to learn from their past mistakes.”

While Jolly and his witnesses described him as a man trying to control his addiction to codeine, there was no doubt that he was in violation of what is called a deferred prosecution agreement after the earlier April arrest.

The NFL prevented Jolly from being around the Packers club and his teammates while waiting for the outcome of this week’s hearing.

By the end of that day, the judge followed the prosecution’s recommendation that he be put away for his own good and that of the community after his third drug arrest in three years.

The Associated Press quoted Jolly’s attorney who admitted that while her client had spent two months in rehab after his second arrest, he hadn’t acknowledged his addiction until after the July arrest.

There is a possibility that the sentence will be reduced to about a year and some change but that decision won’t be made until December. Either way it’s another example of a successful pro athlete succumbing to drugs and squashing his career.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles.

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Chris Simms turns down plea deal


Tennessee Titans quarterback Chris Simms turned down a plea deal surrounding his arrest for driving in NY under the influence of marijuana on July 1, 2010. It was reported yesterday that Simms was offered what I as an attorney would call a very sweet plea bargain for this arrest, but the player has opted to go to court instead. The deal offered is said to have included no jail time, no criminal record if the plea was taken with the misdemeanor charge being to a traffic infraction, a $500 fine, 90 day suspension of his license and five days of community service.

The police report from the arrest indicated that Simms made an “erratic” turn near a sobriety checkpoint in Manhattan that morning. In the car with Simms was his wife Danielle, who was reported to be pregnant at the time.

The police claim after they pulled him over, he opened his driver’s side window and the strong scent of cannabis escaped, in a scene that sounded reminiscent of those “Don’t Drink and Drive” commercials. The report is also believed to have said that Simms admitted to smoking weed earlier in the evening so he was booked and released. Simms was not tested for drugs and an alcohol test that was taken came back negative. To be fair, Simms denies ever saying anything that stupid to the police despite the officer’s written characterization of the player being “zombie-like”.

He and his father Phil, an ex NFL quarterback and current television analyst, can afford good lawyers so he certainly got one to handle this case. Now that he’s going to trial scheduled for March 1, 2011, the stakes are up to one year in jail if convicted for the misdemeanor, although he wouldn’t get that as a first time offender.

What would make Simms choose this route? The NFL Personal Conduct Policy may be one of the reasons. After suffering a near career ending injury while with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and making a trek through Denver before landing with the Titans, Simms must believe he still has a career in the NFL. Fear of Roger Goodell’s suspension hammer may have encouraged him to roll the dice to preserve whatever career remains.

I understand there is no positive drug test and it’s his word against the cops who stopped him, but it’s a gamble after that plea deal was granted. Come back for updates on this case in my Duffy’s Court column.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles.

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Bucs Mike Williams arrested for DUI


Mike Williams the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ rookie wide receiver, was arrested early this morning in Hillsborough County for suspected DUI.

According to police, Williams was weaving through lanes while driving 57 mph in a 45 mph zone. Although Williams took a breathalyzer test that revealed his level to be under the legal .08 limit, he was busted and later provided a urine test. The test readings listed on this actual police report show the player’s blood alcohol content at .065 and .061 percent so why the handcuffs?

Williams is said to have “failed a field sobriety test, had glassy eyes, and smelled of alcohol.” The police report also shows that a urine test was collected which a procedure many times conducted when police suspect a substance other than alcohol has been used by a driver.

Bond was set at $500 and posted by Williams who was then released.

One of this year’s best NFL rookies, Williams was picked in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. In his first nine NFL games, he has caught 40 passes for a total of 627 yards and five TDs.

Williams has been pretty much trouble free throughout his college and professional career up to this point. He was suspended when he was a student at Syracuse University in 2008 for allegedly cheating in class but how many athletes have “tutors” and do that.

Arresting Police Documents here.

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Jay Donetelli is a Tampa-based freelance sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax and Jocks Behind Bars. With an opinion sharper than an Ovechkin skate blade with the sting of an Ali jab, Donetelli has a loyal cult of readers.

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Ex-49ers Coffee busted with concealed weapon


What should we think of a San Francisco 49ers player who walks away from the NFL for God with the desire to concentrate on ministry?

Have to assume churches across the globe were first screaming “Hallelujah!” but what are those congregations chanting now that Glen Coffee has an arrest record that includes carrying a concealed weapon.

While up in the panhandle of Florida earlier this month, Fort Walton Beach busted Coffee and charged him with possession of a concealed firearm. The pistol was said to have been cocked and ready while sitting in the console of his 2008 Cadillac.

Coffee, who was originally pulled over for excessive speeding, also couldn’t show registration or proof of insurance for his ride so his car was towed and impounded.

There’s a shot of the Glen Coffee mugshot that was taken in his temporary orange colored uniform before he was discharged and we welcome him here as the newest member of our Jocks Behind Bars.

If Coffee ends up being a straight shooter and is still out trying to start up a church, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of ministry a dude who carries a loaded, cocked gun in his Cadillac may try to start.

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Jay Donetelli is a Tampa-based freelance sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax. With an opinion sharper than an Ovechkin skate blade with the sting of an Ali jab, Donetelli has a loyal cult of readers who have found a way to love him.

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Braylon Edwards busted for DUI


Braylon Edwards was busted for DUI in New York early Tuesday after he was pulled over in Manhattan and blew about double the legal limit for a .16 reading.

Edwards who now officially joins our Jocks Behind Bars is certainly no stranger to run-ins with police.

The 27-year-old New York Jets wide receiver was found guilty in the past for driving 120 miles per hour, was later accused but not arrested for allegedly punching LeBron James friend back in October 2009 and is also said to have been out drinking with Donte Stallworth the evening Stallworth ran into and killed a pedestrian in Florida.

Now if Edwards was partying with Donte until the early morning hours before that tragic incident, you would think he would have learned a valuable lesson about the ill effects and risks of driving drunk.

Apparently not–here’s the mug shot compliments of SportsbyBrooks.com.

Last reports concerning this most recent NFL bust is that Edwards was cuffed, cheesed for a mug shot and was awaiting arraignment.

Many states have an 8-hour waiting period before releasing DUI suspects and if that is the case, since the incident is said to have happened at 5:15 a.m. we may not see Edwards in public until later this afternoon.

The Jets released the mandatory “we’re disappointed” speech earlier today, this one coming from GM Mike Tannenbaum:

“We are very disappointed in Braylon’s actions this morning. The Player Protect program is in place for our organization to prevent this situation. Braylon is aware of this program and showed poor judgment. We are reviewing the information with the league and will impose the appropriate disciplinary measures.”

Yeah we’re disappointed too about how it seems some of these guys will never learn.

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Jay Donetelli is a Tampa-based freelance sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax. With an opinion sharper than an Ovechkin skate blade with the sting of an Ali jab, Donetelli has a loyal cult of readers who have found a way to love him.

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Lawrence Taylor arrested for sex related crime


NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor is back in the news and unfortunately for him it includes cheesing for another lawrence taylor mugshotmugshot, shown here, and getting hit with a sex related felony charge.Just as the world was settling down from the Tiger Woods sex scandals, the 51-year-old Taylor, a defensive standout for the New York Giants, was arrested for the alleged statutory rape of a 16-year-old girl.

Police in Rockland County, New York said Taylor paid $300 to engage in sex with the runaway minor at a Holiday Inn.

Taylor who recently showed a few decent moves as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” may have a hard time dancing around this one. If convicted, these charges bring a potential jail term of up to five years.

Taylor denied the charges and his lawyer, Arthur L. Aidala confirmed that to The New York Times on Thursday:

“He’s denying the whole thing. We’re going to fight these charges as hard as he fought when he was a linebacker for the New York Giants.”

If this incident takes one of the grittiest players in the history of the NFL down, it will give a new meaning to the line, “I stayed at a Holiday Inn Once.”

See more athletes who had run-ins with the law at our Jocks Behind Bars section on Sports Climax.

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