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Freddie Mitchell links his tax fraud conviction to brain injuries

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Former Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to file a false claim as part of a tax-fraud scheme. As he attempts to convince a judge to go easy on him in sentencing, he is suggesting that brain injuries suffered playing football may have led him to commit the crime.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Mitchell appeared at a sentencing hearing in Orlando on Thursday and said, essentially, that the concussions made him do it. Mitchell detailed concussions he suffered during his NFL career and said he has headaches, insomnia and memory loss.

Mitchell’s claims of a link between his crime and brain injuries seems like a tough sell. If this were a matter of Mitchell forgetting to file his tax return, it would be easy to see why he would claim a brain injury suffered on the football field was a factor. But that’s not what Mitchell did. Prosecutors say Mitchell and two others hatched a plan to file a false tax return under NBA player Drew Gooden’s name, get a bigger refund from the IRS than Gooden was entitled to, and then pocket the money themselves. (Gooden is not accused of any wrongdoing, and it was Gooden filing a correct tax return that alerted authorities to the fact that Mitchell and his partners had already received a $2 million refund in Gooden’s name under a fraudulent return.)

Mitchell’s lawyers are asking for a sentence of probation and community service, but he could get up to 10 years in prison. His sentencing hearing will resume on Tuesday.

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50 Responses to “Freddie Mitchell links his tax fraud conviction to brain injuries”
  1. lennydpocketqb says: Oct 26, 2013 11:04 AM

    Come on.

  2. johnnyb216 says: Oct 26, 2013 11:06 AM

    LOL. Just another irresponsible individual who refuses to accept any blame for his own poor choices. Its always somebody else’s fault, isn’t it? Pathetic…

  3. ziggystheansah says: Oct 26, 2013 11:07 AM

    SMH weak excuse

  4. greenejoemean says: Oct 26, 2013 11:07 AM

    Pandora’s box.

  5. h3min1230 says: Oct 26, 2013 11:09 AM

    I literally spit out my coffee on my keyboard.

  6. queeflatifah says: Oct 26, 2013 11:10 AM

    funny….I’ve linked my infidelities to “brain” injury

  7. abninf says: Oct 26, 2013 11:11 AM

    Stop the madness.

  8. 1billsnation says: Oct 26, 2013 11:12 AM

    Swing and a miss!!!!! Mitchel heads back to his cell looking dejected

  9. GenXJay says: Oct 26, 2013 11:16 AM

    essentially we the people lose because of this. Court costs…etc.
    just more fleecing. P.o.s.

  10. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 26, 2013 11:17 AM

    This is exactly how this dumbasses life was supposed to play out.

  11. upperdecker19 says: Oct 26, 2013 11:17 AM

    I’m assuming that he’s not thanking his hands for being great enough to write down inflated figures on a false tax return?

  12. whatjusthapped says: Oct 26, 2013 11:22 AM

    Its fraud, its premeditated, it was an elaborate scheme, it screams for jail time where Fed Ex Freddy will learn the new definition of wide receiver.

  13. clownsfan says: Oct 26, 2013 11:25 AM

    Pathetic

  14. thegonz13 says: Oct 26, 2013 11:28 AM

    The guy wasn’t on the field long enough to break a sweat, let alone get dain bramage…

  15. jaredo10 says: Oct 26, 2013 11:28 AM

    4th & 26

  16. mjc56 says: Oct 26, 2013 11:29 AM

    Thanks Fred for giving my C’mon man of the week.

    -Keyshawn Johnson

  17. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 26, 2013 11:43 AM

    Aldon Smith, pay attention.

  18. phillyphan420 says: Oct 26, 2013 11:51 AM

    And all this time, I was always under the impression that you had to actually play to get football-related injuries.

  19. demolition510 says: Oct 26, 2013 11:55 AM

    Good ole FredEx

  20. bmoreravens1012013 says: Oct 26, 2013 11:55 AM

    I work for the I.r.s. , and yes his argument is akin to ” dog ate my homework” . It’s laughable that he would even reach that far for a defense. Reminds me of when he used to reach for McNabbs passes ,…. wait for it……over defenses …..!

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 26, 2013 12:04 PM

    Survey says ?

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    Sorry but that’s the wrong answer. Thanks for playing though and you do win a consolation prize of several years in federal custody with free room and board.

  22. possumsauce says: Oct 26, 2013 12:07 PM

    How can you injure what you never had to begin with?

  23. bpjensen says: Oct 26, 2013 12:10 PM

    Him thinking brain injury led to tax fraud is better evidence of brain injury than tax fraud.

  24. 1bigtex says: Oct 26, 2013 12:15 PM

    “I’d just like to thank my brain for being so feeble.”

  25. rpiotr01 says: Oct 26, 2013 12:17 PM

    I knew that picture was going to be there. I KNEW it.

    Signed,

    Every Packer fan

  26. orivar says: Oct 26, 2013 12:22 PM

    “I work for the I.r.s”

    You’re the enemy. No matter what you say, you’re the enemy!

  27. realitypolice says: Oct 26, 2013 12:25 PM

    rpiotr01 says:
    Oct 26, 2013 12:17 PM
    I knew that picture was going to be there. I KNEW it.

    Signed,

    Every Packer fan

    Well, it was the only big catch of his entire “career”.

  28. serkeljerks says: Oct 26, 2013 12:29 PM

    Oh for crying out loud……

  29. dezforprez says: Oct 26, 2013 12:39 PM

    Yeah and I blame the sun that I’m hot

  30. obamareallysucks says: Oct 26, 2013 12:42 PM

    got his excuse from the Obama and Sebilius script. sad thing is, there are low IQ people out there who will believe him.

  31. wmelch says: Oct 26, 2013 1:14 PM

    h3min1230 says:Oct 26, 2013 11:09 AM

    “I literally spit out my coffee on my keyboard.”

    You must get invited to a lot of dinner parties and brunches.

  32. thesportsguru7 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:50 PM

    Don’t drop the soap…like you did all those footballs over the years…

  33. 1rockyracoon says: Oct 26, 2013 1:56 PM

    Reminds me of the fact that Andy Reid made so many awful draft choices. KC would be smart to have him focus on coaching and keep him away from drafting players.

  34. pixelito says: Oct 26, 2013 2:04 PM

    10 years from now he’ll be known as FredEx-con

  35. 1billsnation says: Oct 26, 2013 2:06 PM

    assuredmutualdestruction says:
    Oct 26, 2013 11:43 AM
    Aldon Smith, pay attention.

    ———————————

    And Von Miller ;-)

  36. phaktor333 says: Oct 26, 2013 2:07 PM

    The People’s Champ….trade in that title belt for a weight lifting belt, bro. 4th and
    26 on the yard.

  37. eaglefan94 says: Oct 26, 2013 2:27 PM

    Just look at that photo… behold the only thing this loser did his entire career.

  38. onbucky96 says: Oct 26, 2013 2:35 PM

    Fred-Ex, hands guaranteed to defraud the IRS. Hope Fred-Ex kept up his skills, ’cause where he’s going, he’ll have to play a new game, balls on chin! Put that in your 4th&26 smack Eagles fans!

  39. clemenza58 says: Oct 26, 2013 2:47 PM

    I knew it was only a matter of time before someone used this as an excuse. Fitting that it was this used by this guy.

  40. 2dmo4 says: Oct 26, 2013 2:49 PM

    No, this guy has always had a few screws loose.

  41. @HowdyDoobie says: Oct 26, 2013 3:19 PM

    Freddie will be changing his nickname to FRED-eral Penitentiary-Ex.

  42. someoneanswerthatphone says: Oct 26, 2013 3:20 PM

    The concussions must have been a direct result of all the footballs that hit him in the head instead of his hands.

  43. genoinabottlenyj says: Oct 26, 2013 3:20 PM

    He can’t thank his hands for being so great in this case

  44. jkulha86 says: Oct 26, 2013 3:29 PM

    Don’t worry FredEX, even though you didn’t pay your taxes and Aaron Rodgers stole your celebration, you’re still the People’s Champ

  45. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 26, 2013 4:06 PM

    FredEx: his old self-moniker

    Frauddie Mitchell: his newly earned moniker (although one could say his play, what little there was of it on Sundays, also earned him that nickname too)

  46. randomcommenter says: Oct 26, 2013 5:40 PM

    The IRS auctioned off Mitchell’s imaginary belt.

  47. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 26, 2013 7:44 PM

    FraudEx

  48. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 26, 2013 7:53 PM

    While most ex-players who are suffering from repeated brain injuries are having issues with impulse control/substance abuse/violence….. “Frauddie” “FraudEx” Mitchell is arguing that his brain injuries made him capable of a complex identity stealing IRS tax return scheme with two other accomplices who operated with their own non-NFL damaged brains.

  49. ironman721 says: Oct 26, 2013 8:49 PM

    Don’t you have to play to get injured? Just saying….

  50. hammertoe11 says: Oct 26, 2013 10:09 PM

    And here comes Brett Favre, explaining on how this could happen. And the court should let Freddie Mitchell off.

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