ATLANTA – Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was sentenced Wednesday to one season as starting tailback for the Arizona Cardinals for his role in an attempted drug deal four years ago.
The sentence announced in court on Wednesday took Lewis’ defense team by surprise, as they had previously worked out a plea agreement with the prosecution whereby Lewis would receive a sentence of four months in prison, two months in a halfway house and 500 hours of community service.
The judge in the case, however, had different plans. The Honorable Erik Von Haus explains: “Jamal Lewis set the NFL’s single-game rushing record with a 295-yard effort against my beloved Cleveland Browns on September 14, 2003. There’s no way I’m letting that go unpunished. And since I can’t sentence the Browns’ starting front four, I’m going to have to be satisfied with this. Trust me, a season running behind the Cardinals’ anemic O-line is a far more fitting punishment than four months in a white-collar prison.”
After discussing his legal options with Lewis, his defense team said their client accepted the sentence and would not appeal. “If we did go through with an appeal,” said lead attorney Danny Rae, “chances are that vindictive son-of-a-bitch would sentence Jamal to a season in San Francisco. And I don’t care how many kilos of coke my client helped sell. He doesn’t deserve that level of punishment. Nobody does.”Powered by Sidelines