Clark Haggans is spending some time in jail (Updated)


Cardinals linebacker Clark Haggans is taking advantage of the time off until training camp to serve some time.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Haggans is spending a spell as a guest of the Westmoreland County Prison to serve out a sentence for a past traffic offense. The county sheriff told the newspaper that Haggans reported to the prison to begin serving his sentence on Wednesday, but there’s no report about how long Haggans will be locked up or what offense triggered the sentence.

While we don’t know when Haggans is supposed to be out, it seems like a fair guess that we would have heard about this pending incarceration if if was likely to interfere with the season. Since we didn’t, we’ll still assume Haggans will be with the Cardinals when the gather for training camp.

Haggans re-signed with the Cardinals this month and he’s expected to be a reserve linebacker for them this season. It will be his fifth year with the Cardinals after spending the first eight years of his career as a member of the Steelers.

UPDATE: 3:28 p.m.: Haggans agent, Jeff Sperbeck, posted a statement on Twitter about the incident.

In the statement, Haggans explains he was at a concert, and drinking, when he got a call from a “panicked” babysitter saying his 5-year-old daughter was having trouble breathing. After trying unsuccessfully to find his wife/designated driver, he left for home, and was pulled over. Officers accompanied him home, he gave his daughter the medicine she needed, and then he was cited for a pair of moving violations. He’ll spend 48 hours, plus seven additional nights in jail as part of a plea agreement.

“In hindsight, I should have found another way home, and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Haggans’ statement read.

14 responses to “Clark Haggans is spending some time in jail (Updated)

  1. Good job keeping it on the DL up to this point. PS, these old linebackers aren’t going to give up their spots easily this year.

  2. Good reason to be driving, I wouldn’t have wasted time either with my kid in trouble. Even though it was an emergency, driving drunk is illegal and I’m sure they couldn’t let it slide, no matter the circumstances.

  3. As a cab driver in Phoenix I can tell you that almost always there is a cab driver waiting by the entrance of every concert venue in Phoenix when there is a show on. All Haggans had to do was jump in a cab and we wouldn’t be talking about this.

  4. 48 hours in jail PLUS 7 nights in jail for a first offense dui???? Who was his defense attorney, Joe Amendola?? That’s a crazy penalty for a dui unless you have priors…or unless you weren’t just driving home to save your little girl.

  5. Is it the true story? Doubtful. We all come up with a story to save face. Why would the sitter only call him and not the mom too? And if his wife was out of site, wonder where he was and what he was doing. What if there was a victim on his way home from drinking and driving…. would have ended in 2 losses. I am a nanny: best thing, call 911 and dad finds mom and takes cab.

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