The original agreement of 45 days in jail was soft in its own right, as Ellis was only going to miss a few days of training camp. However, the judge decided to allow him to split his sentence, and serve only some of it now, the rest coming in March of 2013.
But that is not all. They have also agreed to allow Ellis to participate in work release, permitting him to workout with the football coaches at Hampton University during the day, and return to jail at night.
What does this amount to? He has to sleep in jail each night for a while. He isn’t spending any real time in there, other than sleeping and waking up. Is it even really like spending time in jail?
The message this sends is wrong. It says that if you are a football player, you will receive special consideration, no matter what you do. That says to kids that if they go out for football they can get away with bad behavior.
Heck, a lot of them are already covered for when they earn bad grades in school. Nothing is more important that sports if you look at the value system. Kenrick Ellis clearly injured someone badly, if he earned a felony charge, plea or no plea. Shouldn’t he lose something more than just his home bed?