Top NFL Draft Pick Avoids Jail Time

  • Jalen Carter, a former University of Georgia defensive tackle, has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless driving and racing charges and will avoid serving any jail time.
  • Carter, one of the top prospects in next month’s NFL draft, entered a deal with prosecutors in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, to pay a $1,000 fine, receive 12 months probation, perform 80 hours of community service, and take a driving course, per Seth Emerson of the Athletic.
  • Carter’s lawyer also told Emerson that he did not cause the crash, was not under the influence of alcohol or “any other illegal substance,” and that he “never left the scene of the accident without being told he could leave.” The lawyer also said Carter has fully cooperated with authorities.
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