Ex-Patriot Jonas Gray jailed for 17 hours

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Former Patriots running back Jonas Gray spent a day in the jail in Hillsborough County, Florida, for failure to pay attorneys’ fees connected to a child support case.

Gray was released early this morning after 17 hours in jail when he came up with $7,924, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Gray and a Florida woman had a child together in October of 2015, when Gray played for the Dolphins.

After going undafted out of Notre Dame in 2013 and bouncing around the league with the Dolphins and Ravens, Gray burst onto the scene in November of 2014 with the Patriots, carrying 37 times for 201 yards and four touchdowns in a nationally televised win over the Colts. However, Patriots coach Bill Belichick soured on Gray when he showed up late to practice the following week, and Gray was phased out of the offense that season and cut before the 2015 season.

Gray briefly played for the Dolphins and Jaguars in 2015 but hasn’t played in the NFL since.

UPDATE October 5, 2017, 9:36 a.m.: Gray contacted PFT to say that he is up to date on his child support but was jailed for not paying his daughter’s mother’s legal fees.

17 responses to “Ex-Patriot Jonas Gray jailed for 17 hours

  1. Who knows, maybe if he weren’t late to a meeting, and shown better attitude after, he could possibly still be a Patriot!

  2. You know what’s easier than going to jail for not paying child support? Wearing a condom….yet none of these guys will do it. AP and Cromartie could’ve saved millions with about $20 worth of latex.

  3. u4iadman says:
    October 4, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    Patriot Way*
    Gray and a Florida woman had a child together in October of 2015, when Gray played for the Dolphins*.

  4. Perhaps it was a mutual desire on both sides but….Lots of women fancy having the off spring of physically gifted athletes, and the potential provision that comes (via the law if necessary) from lucrative sports contracts. She may have mis-calculated here, but the point remains. A man needs to protect himself in his situation, or any situation for that matter, if he does not wish to have children. Pay no attention to the words. Always watch the actions. Always take responsibility for your own future.

  5. Illegitimate children are a huge factor in the “inequality” argument popular today, but you’ll never hear multimillionaire athletes bring up this subject. Regardless of race, children born out of wedlock are more likely to problems at school, and it’s difficult for one parent to raise a child properly.

  6. If you father a child you MUST be responsible for the financial duty of raising that child. Not paying child support is a low life decision that is like child abuse. Jail time is appropriate.

  7. I like how Belichick is old school, you do not follow the rules you are gone, Do not care if you just ran for 200 yards the last game. Players now days think they are bigger then the game.

  8. u4iadman says:
    October 4, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Patriot Way*


    The raiders*: bastion of perfect behavior, genius

  9. So let’s get this straight: The guy was on the Patriots, was making yards like crazy, but couldn’t be relied on to be at practice on time, so the Patriots cut him.

    After being dumped by the Patriots, he gets picked up by the Dolphins and fathers a baby out of wedlock while he is playing for them.

    Now he is late in making child support payments, which is the same poor habits that got him cut from New England. But somehow this article is calling him out as an ex-Patriot even though the misdeed came long after he played there.

    Why doesn’t the title say” Ex-Dolphin. That sure would make more sense under the circumstances.

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