Jalen Carter’s draft stock likely took a hit as a result of his legal issues given that he had to leave the NFL Scouting Combine and turn himself into police custody because of his involvement in a tragic accident.
Carter, who was tipped to go No. 1 in the upcoming NFL Draft, could have gotten arrested for three traffic offenses back in September. And who knows? Maybe the fateful events that claimed the lives of Chandler LeCroy and Devin Willock in Barnett Shoals, Georgia might have been avoided had he gotten booked.
The cop who stopped Carter for driving at 85MPH in a 45MPH zone on September 22 could have also charged him for his tinted windows and a windshield violation but allowed the then-Georgia star to go with a ticket because he didn’t want him making the news.
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“Your break is you’re not going to jail. ‘Cause that would make all kinds of news, right? Just hang tight, ’aight? You’re getting a ticket for the speed,” the officer is heard saying in the video above.
Since then, Jalen’s been making the news anyway, mostly for the wrong reasons.
Carter was able to return to the combine, having posted a $4,000 bond after being arrested on charges of reckless driving and racing as a result of the crash that killed one of his Bulldogs teammates (Willock) and LeCroy, a recruiting staff member the night after the team’s championship parade. The defensive tackle is said to have fled the scene of the crash.
He did not participate in any workouts and wasn’t expected to even before the arrest warrant came out. However, police footage could affect the number he gets drafted at.
The aforementioned charges could result in 12 months in jail and a fine of $1,000 in Georgia. An arraignment hearing has been set for April 8.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.