Nick Moody defies court order in Florida

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NFL players are now regularly giving the finger to the Florida criminal justice system.

In the same month that Rams running back Tre Mason failed to show up for an arraignment in connection with marijuana possession charges and more (Mason later appeared), free-agent linebacker Nick Moody disregarded a court order in connection with charges pending against Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith. As explained by David Ovalle of the Miami Herald, a judge has issued an arrest warrant after Moody didn’t appear at a hearing aimed at ensuring he would travel to California to testify in Smith’s case.

“I’m stunned that Mr. Moody defied the court’s direct order to appear today,” Miami-Dade prosecutor Christine Zahralban told the judge, per Ovalle.

Moody has reportedly vanished, ignoring email messages, text messages, and phone calls from prosecutors in California and Florida. Moody was with Smith on a day that culminated in charges of drunk driving and leaving the scene of a car crash being filed against Smith, at a time when both men played for the 49ers. The trial against Smith is due to begin on May 2.

If Moody is tracked down, he could be held in custody until he testifies. He also faces the possibility of a contempt of court charge.

There’s currently no reason to believe Smith has had any role in persuading Moody to disappear from the proverbial grid. If such evidence ever surfaces, Smith would potentially face separate charges.

20 responses to “Nick Moody defies court order in Florida

  1. It’s so hard for the cops to track down an NFL player to serve a warrant after all !!

  2. This is Smith’s third DUI arrest since entering the NFL. I’d think there’d have to be some point where you’d finally say “Hate speaking against you but we’ve got to get you some help and keep you off the road.” Can’t believe anybody would risk jail themselves covering for him.

  3. IIRC, the summons was not sent to Tre Jackson’s current home address. So he got no notice that he was supposed to appear in court.
    With that as background, I wouldn’t say he gave the finger to anybody.

    That doesn’t excuse Moody. But it’s hard to (legally) say he’s in contempt when there’s no evidence that he’s received notice.

  4. I don’t know what the big deal is. I mean these guys are special, you know? They are professional athletes; we can’t hold them down to the same standard as the rest of us. The very idea, making him waste his time being in a courtroom.

    I think the judge needs to apologize, in public, with a press conference acknowledging that some folks are just above the law. Moody’s legal team should probably sue for harassment. I feel so bad about what this gift to our society is having to go through.

  5. “a judge has issued an arrest warrant after Moody didn’t appear at a hearing aimed at ensuring he would travel to California to testify in Smith’s case”

    Seriously? Isn’t this America? How about call the guy on the phone and ask him if he’s going?

  6. Smith has 3 DUI’s? Change his name to All Done Smith and boot his sorry ass from the league.

    There is simply no place in a civilized society for habitual drunk drivers.

  7. Stuff like this disgusts me. Should be a mandatory 3-game suspension for something like this. If giving our legal system the finger like this doesn’t tarnish the Shield I don’t know what does.

  8. I don’t know bout the rest of you but, if it was me I wouldn’t go either, if this was anybody but Aldon Smith they wouldn’t even ask someone to travel back to Cali to testify for a DUI, and to hold a hearing in FLORIDA to determine whether he’s going or not, are they serious!!!!!

    I bet they want him to finance this trip too!!!!!

  9. IIRC, the summons was not sent to Tre Jackson’s current home address. So he got no notice that he was supposed to appear in court.With that as background, I wouldn’t say he gave the finger to anybody…..

    I don’t know bout the rest of you but, if it was me I wouldn’t go either, if this was anybody but Aldon Smith they wouldn’t even ask someone to travel back to Cali to testify for a DUI, and to hold a hearing in FLORIDA to determine whether he’s going or not, are they serious!……

    jimmypx says:
    Apr 22, 2016 3:39 PM
    It’s so hard for the cops to track down an NFL player to serve a warrant after all !

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    it’s surprising that so many people think that the justice system has the burden to deliver an additional summons to an NFL player or “track them down” after they get busted

    in Florida, and every jurisdiction that I ever heard of, someone gets busted, on the way out the door at bail time, they get a court date…

    doesn’t seem too hard to show up for a court date when you are looking at jail time… esp considering you are likely to get fired from the NFL and lose your lotto ticket if you don’t show up

    also, Fans coming on here and inventing ridiculous excuses for players to flaunt a court appearance is just another example of why these guys think they can do anything and get away with it….

    welcome to jail Moody!

  10. The should have been a very minor deal for Moody legally. But he just turned it into a bigger deal, and a big problem for his career. What an idiot.

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