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Jets’ Ellis gets 45 days in jail between minicamp and training camp

Kenrick Ellis AP

Jets defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis has to serve 45 days in jail for assault and battery, but he gets to time those 45 days exactly the way he wants.

A judge in Virginia today sentenced Ellis to 179 days in jail but suspended 89 days of that sentence. Of the remaining 90 days, Ellis’s lawyer told the Associated Press, he’ll only have to serve 45 of them. And those 45 days will be scheduled so that Ellis begins his sentence on June 15, the day after the last day of the Jets’ last minicamp. He’ll then be out of jail by the end of July, just in time to get to training camp.

The rest of us can only hope that if we ever have to do 45 days in jail, we can time those 45 days just the way we want so as not to interfere with our jobs.

Ellis was originally charged with a felony stemming from a fight at Hampton University, and he could have faced up to 20 years in prison, and he also faced deportation because he is not a U.S. citizen. Instead, he reached a plea deal for a misdemeanor assault and battery charge. He is also being sued by the victim in the case.

There’s no word yet on any NFL discipline for Ellis, who played in five games last year and started two after the Jets took him in the third round of the NFL draft.

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18 Responses to “Jets’ Ellis gets 45 days in jail between minicamp and training camp”
  1. biggiesmallsthecondomfilla says: May 21, 2012 2:57 PM

    Like they say” cases in virginia, body in dc.”

  2. rootintootinnootin says: May 21, 2012 3:14 PM

    This is a bit misleading.

    With time off for good behavior, he’ll only have to serve half of that sentence. If he has an “incident” while he’s serving his time, he would have to serve out the entire sentence.

    Judging by his predisposition for assault, I’d be betting he’ll be in jail for more than 45 days.

  3. xx4zu1 says: May 21, 2012 3:33 PM

    Not sure the league should punish him for something that happened prior to joining the league if anything the team should be penalized for drafting a player with pending litigation. Considering he plead guilty the civil suit should be a slam dunk and the penalty form the civil suit should be enough punishment to keep him on the right side of the law.

  4. nyjetsmaniac says: May 21, 2012 3:35 PM

    There‚Äôs no word yet on any NFL discipline for Ellis, who played in five games last year and started two after the Jets took him in the third round of the NFL draft…WHY WOULD THERE BE ANY Discipline at all he wasn’t in the NFL YET ??????

  5. jonkybon says: May 21, 2012 3:39 PM

    If it were a petriot player that beat the living hell out of a guy that came at him with a baseball bat, this website would be screaming bloody murder that the player had to serve any time at all. The hypocrisy here is waaaay too blantant.

  6. jets13 says: May 21, 2012 3:42 PM

    If someone goes after my girl, I’d do the same thing Ellis did….what a friggin joke he had to take the plea.

  7. dsimp724 says: May 21, 2012 3:47 PM

    And we wonder why these athletes faal and act so entitled, its almost not their fault.. Unreal!!

  8. mikebe1 says: May 21, 2012 3:48 PM

    I doubt it he is a celeb he won’t be with the regular inmates therefor reducing the chances of any problems.

  9. jmagnet28 says: May 21, 2012 3:49 PM

    Only in America does an athlete get to coordinate his jail sentence so as not to miss any practice. Yeesh!

  10. jmagnet28 says: May 21, 2012 3:51 PM

    What’s amazing about this is everything I read indicated he was absolutely acting in self defense. Some guy was bothering his woman, he got in his face, the guy came back with a bat and he was forced to knock the guy out.

    If that’s what happened why is serving any time at all???

  11. seanb20124 says: May 21, 2012 4:34 PM

    I don’t want special treatment , just the treatment of an illegal alien NFL player.

  12. mrbeefhead says: May 21, 2012 4:37 PM

    Best training program I could think of…45 days with nothing better to do than lift weights. Dude’s gonna be a monster

  13. lks311 says: May 21, 2012 6:29 PM

    I don’t get it. There are over 75 comments on the Lions’s Titus Young/Delmas story of practice fight, yet, only 12 about Ellis going to jail.

  14. tr975 says: May 21, 2012 6:45 PM

    xx4zu1 says: May 21, 2012 3:33 PM

    Not sure the league should punish him for something that happened prior to joining the league…
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    Terrelle Pryor

  15. zeke2517 says: May 21, 2012 7:08 PM

    I don’t know about you, but I get all of my cut-rate legal analyses from sports websites that write about other articles that other people have written.

    If there isn’t a firmly established layer between the source and the source reporting on the source and the source rewording and regurgitating the source reporting on the source, then I don’t feel like our news media is nearly inefficient and useless enough.

  16. winninitall says: May 21, 2012 9:59 PM

    Only in VA you will face jail time for defending yourself against a guy with a bat. I guess he got the 1st hit n why it wasn’t called self defense. Prob why FL has different laws on what is self defense.

    Nothing about this situation but I’m tired of the fact u can sue anyone for anything in this country. People need to learn on how to make there own money n stop finding ways to take it from others. It’s like someone looking to trip n fall in-front of someone’s house.

  17. fourthandafoot says: May 21, 2012 11:29 PM

    If he reports to prison now he’ll miss GI Joe the sequel and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter but Spiderman should still be in the theatres.

  18. alexattinson says: May 22, 2012 11:49 AM

    I hope he gets some protection from Butchie in case Belichick sends in a few un-drafted free agents from Stanfield’s crew to shank him.

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