Kenrick Ellis is like many NFL players getting ready to compete for playing time and experience by attending his team’s training camp this Summer. Well, maybe he is a bit different.
The New York Jets defensive lineman will be allowed to split his jail sentence stemming from an assault and battery incident back in 2010 from a fight in Virginia, which will make it possible for him to attend Jets training camp and give him a fighting chance to earn enough playing time in New York’s new 4-3 defensive scheme.
Under the terms of his agreement, Ellis went to jail last night and will remain there until June 9, allowing him to attend camp and serve out the rest of his 45 day sentence beginning March 1 of 2013. And for those upset with this agreement, many people are said to be allowed to split a jail sentence to avoid issues at work.
This is not just another case of an athlete or celebrity getting special treatment.
At least, so they say.
Further helping Ellis’ cause and conditioning, he will be allowed to participate in a work release program, pending approval by the jail, that will grant Ellis the opportunity to work out during days with coaches from Hampton University, which just happens to be where he attended college.
All of this will mean that Ellis still stands a very good chance of being able to remain in playing shape and learn enough of the new defense to maintain his position with the Jets.