Super Bowl weekend in 2008 featured the surprising news that former Saints defensive end Charles Grant was involved in a fight that resulted in a pregnant woman being shot and killed. Grant and others faced involuntary manslaughter charges.
Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that prosecutors and Grant struck a plea deal just as Grant’s trial was due to begin. The involuntary manslaughter charge was dropped, and Grant pleaded no contest to “affray,” a fancy lawyer word for public fighting. He’ll pay a $1,000 fine and be placed on one year of unsupervised probation.
“It took a while to get there, but the result was fantastic,” said one of Grant’s lawyers, Edward Tolley. (The woman who died, as well as her fetus, might not agree with that specific description.)
The man who fired the gun, Laquient Macklin, pleaded guilty to affray and involuntary manslaughter, and he also received no jail time. Amazingly.
Grant is still facing a civil lawsuit, and he’s also facing a potential penalty under the Personal Conduct Policy after pleading no contest. He also will undoubtedly be suspended four games for violation of the steroids policy due to the StarCaps situation, if the suspension imposed against Vikings defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams eventually are imposed.