Monday, August 4, 2008
Bradshaw served 30 days this summer, has 30 left in sentence
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York Giants halfback Ahmad Bradshaw said Monday he has to serve another 30 days in jail after the season for violating terms of a probation he received as a 15-year-old.
Bradshaw, who led the Super Bowl champions in rushing as a rookie during the playoffs, served the first of two 30-day sentences in June and July at the Abingdon (Va.) Regional Jail.
"It doesn't matter if you're Joe the milkman, or whoever," said Bradshaw, speaking for the first time since training camp opened July 25. "Regardless of whether you go to the Super Bowl, or not, you've got to learn from your mistakes. You'll get punished for them."
Bradshaw said the 30-day sentences resulted from an underage drinking offense at Virginia in 2004 and a petty larceny charge at Marshall in 2006. He had been placed on probation in Virginia in either 2001 or 2002 for a crime as a juvenile.
The records from that case have been sealed.
"No one wants to go to jail, but like I said, you've got to learn from your mistakes, you get punished for them. I did what I had to do just to get through this," the 22-year-old said.
Bradshaw said he has done nothing wrong since being drafted by the Giants in the seventh round last year.
"There is no question about that," Bradshaw said before a team official ended an interview after less than six minutes. "It should be over with after the [second] 30 days. All of this comes from the juvenile thing."
After a six-week investigation, the NFL announced last week that Bradshaw would not be suspended.
Bradshaw never discussed what happened as a juvenile and the quick end to the interview prevented reporters from asking about his time in jail. His attorney has said the sentence was for 30 days, though it was unclear exactly how many days Bradshaw served and whether he was let out early.
Bradshaw's release from jail on July 13 capped a year that saw him play in the Super Bowl, be part of the team's parade down the Canyon of Heroes in New York City, visit the White House, get a Super Bowl ring and then end up jail.
Bradshaw said he did not know he would have to serve jail time until April.
"It's just life, man," Bradshaw said. "I went to court about it, and that's just what was said."
Bradshaw caught coach Tom Coughlin off guard last week by not telling him about the second 30-day jail sentence.
"He knows now," Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw skirted questions about whether the state of Virginia may have forgotten about his sentence until he received publicity during the Super Bowl.
Charley Stacy, Bradshaw's attorney, told The Associated Press on Monday that he could not comment unless his client approved.
Tazewell County Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Lee was in federal court and did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment on why it took so long for Bradshaw to be sent to jail.
The escape for Bradshaw now is playing football again.
"Of course, it's always going to be in the back of your head," Bradshaw said. "With me, when I'm on the field, I'm in another mind state, and I just go out there and play my game."
Bradshaw played in 12 games last year, rushing for 190 yards on 23 carries. His regular season was highlighted by an 88-yard touchdown run in a playoff-clinching win over the Buffalo Bills. In the playoffs, he carried 48 times for 208 yards and a TD.