Good news.Jets' Kenrick Ellis will report on time to training camp with split jail sentence
By Jenny Vrentas/The Star-Ledger
Jets defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis will be able to report on time to training camp in Cortland, N.Y., after the Hampton Circuit Court agreed to split his jail sentence for misdemeanor assault and battery.
Ellis will report to the Hampton City Jail at 6 p.m. today, and he will be in custody until July 9, a court clerk confirmed. He will serve the remainder of his term, a total of 45 days on good behavior, beginning March 1, 2013.
Players are due to report to training camp July 26, so if Ellis had served his sentence consecutively, he would have missed the first few days of Jets training camp.
The court also approved Ellis being granted a work release while in jail, but the final decision is up to the sheriff, the clerk said. The New York Post first reported the changes to Ellis' sentence.
Ellis entered an "Alford" plea last month for misdemeanor assault and battery, stemming from a 2010 incident at Hampton University in Virginia. He was sentenced to 179 days in jail, with 89 days suspended, and is set to serve half of the remaining days with good behavior.
Coach Rex Ryan said he spoke with Ellis at the end of this week's mini-camp, and he believes the second-year player is mentally tough enough to handle his jail term.
"I have conversations with a lot of our players, but obviously thatís a different situation. But I definitely talked to him," Ryan said. "There are people that have gone through similar things, and I basically said, 'Lean on each other.' Thatís pretty much it."
If it were me I'd rather just get it all done at one time. Missing two or three days of camp is no big deal.
I've never been in his position/situation before, but I'd imagine it being very difficult to focus on football (or life in general) during a period of time where your NFL career and overall future of life is up for grabs, in the hands of the court system/judge ala facing deportation and/or potentially serious time. Must have been hard on the rookie last season. Hopefully this year he'll be able to focus more on improving as a football player without having to worry about all the other stuff that came along with his rookie season. Looking forward to having Ellis in our rotation this up coming season.
So if I beat the sh!t out of a troll here and hand the judge this article will I get the same deal?
the second stretch will be gone good bye when he is released after the first stretch for good behavior
1) Big Mo said in a recent interview that Ellis struggled with the playbook last year. Missing the beginning of camp puts him behind the 8 ball
2) If he spends a month and a half in jail, he's going to show up to camp out of shape even if he exercises in jail. Means less reps in camp and/or increased likelihood he gets a minor injury in camp. Again, it would put him behind the 8 ball.
Let him miss time when nothing matters. We need Ellis to be a legitimate backup to Pouha this year. Less time in jail increases those chances.
I'm just glad he won't get deported. The fact that he won't miss TC(work release or not) is a big PLUS.
I am not even sure he would get jail time if he wasn't a famous player. Sometimes they make lessons of athletes so they don't look soft. Then again, some famous people get great lawyers and beat the rap despite overwhelming evidece (Ie OJ)
Is the guy he almost beat to death out of his coma yet?