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Despite offseason stint in jail, Kenrick Ellis won’t be suspended

Kenrick Ellis AP

If an NFL player has to go to jail, it can’t work out much better than it worked out for Jets defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis.

Although Ellis was given a 45-day sentence in June for a misdemeanor assault and battery conviction, he was allowed to serve only half the sentence this summer and wait until next March to serve the other half, meaning he wouldn’t have to miss any of the Jets’ training camp or Organized Team Activities. And now Ellis has learned that he won’t be suspended by the NFL, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Ellis entered an Alford plea to the assault and battery charge, which means he is still proclaiming his innocence but admitting that the prosecution has enough evidence to convince a jury of his guilt. The charges stem from a fight at Hampton University in 2010.

After initially facing a felony charge that could have resulted in 20 years in prison plus deportation (Ellis is not a U.S. citizen), Ellis was able to work out a deal that won’t affect his NFL career at all. He is being sued by the victim in the case.

The Jets took Ellis in the third round of last year’s NFL draft, and he played in five games and started two as a rookie.

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6 Responses to “Despite offseason stint in jail, Kenrick Ellis won’t be suspended”
  1. nyjets1017 says: Aug 21, 2012 2:11 PM

    If it happened in college he shouldn’t have been

  2. medtxpack says: Aug 21, 2012 3:06 PM

    this is actually Jets news. Id rather hear about this then Tanchez/Sebow crap….

  3. evinnie says: Aug 21, 2012 3:32 PM

    a lot of teams stayed away from this kid in the draft because of the court case, Virginia was seeking 1 year or deportation (ellis is Jamaican). But still 45 days for assault is tough by NFL standards. I’ve read he’s also making an impact on that already stocked Dline for the jets. good for him.

  4. wayne1693 says: Aug 21, 2012 3:34 PM

    Since there are a myriad of rhymes and reasons and criminal statutes that may cause a player to spend some time in jail…short of a felony, the NFL should try to use its best judgment on case-be-case basis.

  5. timb12 says: Aug 21, 2012 7:41 PM

    Since when can you negotiate jail time? “we sentence you to 90 days in jail starting in July” “nah July is no good for me, I’ll let you know when it doesn’t inconvenience me”

  6. covercorner says: Aug 22, 2012 3:44 PM

    Special treatment for a Jailbird Jet.

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