Sheldon Richardson avoids jail time from July 2015 arrest

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Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson was arrested last July after being clocked driving 143 m.p.h. by police in Missouri, who said in the initial police report that a 12-year-old was a passenger in the car.

There was also mention of a handgun and the smell of marijuana in the car, but Richardson ultimately was charged with resisting arrest and various other traffic violations. Richardson pleaded not guilty to the charges over the summer, but agreed to a guilty plea with prosecutors to resolve the case on Tuesday.

According to multiple reports, Richardson avoided jail time and will serve two years of probation. Should those years pass without incident, the misdemeanor resisting arrest charge will be erased from his record. Richardson will also have to do community service and pay fines related to the traffic violations.

The NFL can discipline Richardson under the personal conduct policy. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the substance abuse policy.

26 responses to “Sheldon Richardson avoids jail time from July 2015 arrest

  1. Well then, since our legal system failed us yet again, why not have the Commish fine & suspend him? This is not your average speeding ticket. If this were a regular citizen, they’d be in jail & without a license for the foreseeable future. Was there indeed a kid in the car? Was that not an important factor in the case? If so, even worse. I’m sick of this league & the corruption/ineptness that surrounds/leads it.

  2. Wow I can’t believe this guy got off with a slap on the wrist. How is going 143 mph not child endangerment? And endangering anyone who is in the area for that matter?

  3. No suspension is forthcoming, because he plays for Roger’s team.

    Welcome to the Brave New NFL, where the laws of nature are a punishable offense, but dricing a car at 145 mph with a child passenger is not.

  4. Wow I can’t believe this guy got off with a slap on the wrist. How is going 143 mph not child endangerment? And endangering anyone who is in the area for that matter? If a Professional athlete or Celebrity ever put your family in danger or worse, you better take the law into your own hand or you will never get justice.

  5. Sounds like the cop made more of this than it was. Now Goodell is going to yell “Child Abiuser” as an excuse for suspending Richardson for speeding.

    For Heaven’s sake, player’s lives matter!

  6. Of course he didn’t hurt anyone. Just a bunch of Pats fans with nothing to do….kind of ironic that Jets beating Pats kept them from playing in Foxboro. I guess it is the Jets fault that they’re not in the SB!!!!!

  7. ladyjet says:
    Jan 26, 2016 5:27 PM

    Of course he didn’t hurt anyone. Just a bunch of Pats fans with nothing to do….kind of ironic that Jets beating Pats kept them from playing in Foxboro. I guess it is the Jets fault that they’re not in the SB!!!!!
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    Nope. If you look at 1 game that cost us home field in the playoffs I would point to the Eagles game. 2 special teams tds and a pick six allowed.

    Frankly, I like what the Jets are doing. All world defensive front, Brandon Marshall and most of all Todd Bowles. Jets are turning it around and should expect the playoffs next year.

  8. “How does your client plead?”

    “Rich”

    “Well then, we would not want to inconvenience him with any sort of punishment, would it be too much for us to ask that he refrain from further criminal behavior for the next two years?”

    “Two years seems excessive, but in the interest of settling this, we agree.”

  9. If you’ve got money, you’ll never get in serious trouble short of murder. Ray Rice punches a woman, Greg Hardy tosses his girl on a pile of weapons and almost chokes her to death, over and over again I see problems that normal people would suffer heavily for. But nope, these people have money.

  10. He should have been charged with endangering the life of a child and thrown in jail.

    Another example of the law bending for someone with money and fame.

  11. This guy has league executive written all over him.

    They’ll probably make him VP of Substance Abuse Prevention.

    Hey, if Blandino can make Head of Officiating, anything is possible.

  12. Wow. Goodell continues to work with Woody Johnson maneuvering behind the scenes.

    143 MPH which is reckless driving and child endangerment and no jail time at all?

    Goodell has got to be arrested for this.

  13. aaronitout12 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 7:51 PM
    If Goodell doesn’t suspend this guy then I have no faith in the NFL.

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    What, you had faith in them before?

  14. As a Jets fan I’m relieved, and hope the NFL takes no further action.

    As a football fan I think he should get a suspension.

    As a US Citizen I’m pissed off. Aholes who go driving > 125 MPH in a residential neighborhood are lucky they didn’t kill someone. I have more problems with that then with repeatedly smoking weed.

    Doing reckless things that can kill other people )not just yourself) makes me mad.

  15. No one got hurt, he wasn’t charged with a violent crime, it was marijuana (not heroin or crack), and yes he was STUPID (especially with a kid being in a car).

    Two years of probation and community service, one or two mess up and he gets locked up.

    Punishment fits the crime, because his lawyer and DA worked out a deal and the judge agreed with it. This is American not communist China or Russia.

    Move along Patriot fans (which most of you commenting are) you lost the game….deal with it!

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