Saturday, May 19, 2012
Ellis subject to NFL review
By Rich Cimini
Kenrick Ellis may have to answer to the NFL as well.
The second-year defensive tackle, who agreed to a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault and battery from an incident that occurred while he was a student at Hampton (Va.) University, is subject to the league's personal-conduct policy.
The timing of the incident is a factor to be considered, but it is subject to review, a league spokesman said Saturday in an e-mail to ESPNNewYork.com. If a player is found to be in violation of the personal-conduct policy, he could be slapped with a fine and/or a suspension.
Ellis was arrested in April 2010 and later charged with a malicious wounding, a felony in Virginia. The Jets were aware of the charge when they selected him in the third round of the 2011 draft. On Thursday, Ellis accepted a plea-bargain arrangement. If he had been convicted of a felony, he could've been deported because he's not a U.S. citizen.
Ellis is scheduled to appear in court Monday, when the judge likely will approve the plea deal and, possibly, hand down a sentence. The plea agreement includes six months of jail time, S. Howard Woodson, the alleged victim's attorney, told ESPNNewYork.com. Under Virginia law, Ellis would have to serve 90 days, with time served being applied.
Ellis also faces a likely civil suit.