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Kenrick Ellis prepares for trial on malicious wounding charges

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When the Jets took nose tackle Kenrick Ellis in the third round of the 2011 Draft, they did so knowing that he faced a trial on felony charges.

Ellis has been accused of malicious wounding after an altercation with a man on the Hampton University campus. Ellis allegedly broke the man’s nose and jaw, although Ellis has claimed that he was acting in self defense when the man came after him with a baseball bat. The trial was delayed last year, but there’s a pre-trial hearing this week and the trial is currently set to start on May 22nd.

Ellis, whose college career started at South Carolina before he was dismissed for violating team rules, faces up to 20 years in prison if he’s convicted and, as a permanent resident born in Jamaica, could be deported as well. On top of that, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports that he faces a civil suit connected to the incident.

Although he played just 69 snaps as a rookie, the Jets view Ellis as a backup for Sione Pouha now and a potential replacement down the road. Assuming he’s still free to play for them, of course.

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11 Responses to “Kenrick Ellis prepares for trial on malicious wounding charges”
  1. areyoudue says: May 15, 2012 10:00 AM

    Nothing to see here. The details of the case show clear self defense and it has now become a money grab by Eley and his lawyer.

  2. vetdana says: May 15, 2012 10:04 AM

    When the Jets took nose tackle Kenrick Ellis in the third round of the 2011 Draft, they did so knowing that he faced a trial on felony charges.

    Why, Why did they do this ??….

  3. jjackwagon says: May 15, 2012 10:07 AM

    And he plays for the Jets? Sounds more like an Oakland Raider to me.

  4. bigjoe2269 says: May 15, 2012 10:49 AM

    they took him because their lawyers looked the case over and know it should be a slam dunk he doesnt go to jail

  5. realnflmaster says: May 15, 2012 11:13 AM

    Usually if somebody comes at you with a bat, you’re lucky you only leave them with a broke nose and jaw. It could have been a lot worse the guy.

  6. granadafan says: May 15, 2012 11:26 AM

    “areyoudue says:
    May 15, 2012 10:00 AM
    Nothing to see here. The details of the case show clear self defense and it has now become a money grab by Eley and his lawyer.”
    ===========================================

    Did you even read the case or did you just simply fall for the PR spin job lies by the defense attorneys? The case shows nothing of the sort and Ellis is in big trouble. That the case has lasted this long is solely due to high priced lawyer delay tricks.

  7. kathyisintheroom says: May 15, 2012 11:35 AM

    Bill Romanowski would teach him how to act professionally

  8. romoscollarbone says: May 15, 2012 11:53 AM

    I remember reading the details last year, but they were to the effect of. Ellis was defending a young lady’s honor, after the other party was being nasty to her.

    The other party, approached Ellis with a bat. And he separated the other party from the bat, and then separated the other party’s nose from his face.

    the End.

  9. trollaikman8 says: May 15, 2012 1:44 PM

    Leave it to the Jests. Tannenbaum, GM of the decade.

  10. massappeal12345 says: May 15, 2012 3:18 PM

    Beaten inconcious and 2 surgeries left out, but he took 69 snaps as a rookie is put in.

    Boy, this sounds like CNN reporting to me.

  11. backindasaddle says: May 15, 2012 8:17 PM

    I remember reading about this and the thing that stood out to me at that time when I read it was that Ellis absolutely beat the ever livin tar out of the guy. I mean REALLY beat the tar out of the guy like damn near killed him. I remember thinking: Wow… this guy has some serious rage issues.

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