By MEL REISNER, Associated Press Writer
April 23, 2004
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Tampa Bay running back Michael Pittman was sentenced to 30 days in jail Friday for putting the lives of his wife, son and a baby sitter at risk.
The sentence included three years of supervised probation and a fine and surcharge totaling $4,500. Pittman must begin serving his sentence on Monday.
If he fails to comply with the terms of his probation, he could be forced to serve another 60 days in jail.
Pittman, who also played for the Arizona Cardinals, pleaded guilty March 25 to one count of endangerment. In exchange, Maricopa County prosecutors dropped charges of aggravated assault and aggravated domestic violence -- the latter filed because of a previous domestic-violence conviction in July 2001.
Under the plea agreement, Pittman could have been sentenced to up to one year in jail.
He was indicted last June on two counts of aggravated assault for intentionally crashing his sport-utility vehicle into his wife's car in May. His 2-year-old son and baby sitter Kristina Hegland were in the vehicle. No one was injured.
Pittman spent four seasons with Arizona before signing with the Buccaneers as a free agent in 2002.
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Of course, another idiot.
However I'm going to put this idea forward:
NFL players are not in any way worse than the general public.
With a 53 man roster, that's 1696 players. Now, I think you take any control group of 1696 young healthy men between the ages of 21-38, and I would guarantee you that the control group has a much higher rate of criminal offense than the group of NFL players.
Now, granted NFL players are an elite group given incomparable opportunities (wealth and fame), but I think for the most part the players do compare favorably to us, as the general public; and they make inumerable efforts and sacrifices we only rarely hear about. We only hear what's news, which is the bad stuff about the players; or occasionaly, on a very sad note, hear about the good stuff when someone like Patrick Tillman makes the ultimate sacrifice for his convictions.
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Homeless wrote:He got off very light, I suspect as heat said, the league will take their turn next and it will (Should) be a substantial suspension.
Yeah, a good four gamer seems to be in order if not longer...
I like and agree your analysis TTTBone, but still as a person in the public eye you need to have some restraint. Then again, I've never had more money and cars and houses and hot chicks to know what to do with to keep myself out of those situations!
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This man shouldn't be allowed within 30 feet of that child again. I don't care if he has gone through a rehabilitation program, any parent who would drive an SUV into the back of a car their 2 year old is seated in, is not fit to raise that child.