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Kenrick Ellis’ Legal Troubles Not Gone Anymore

By Alan Schechter

Oct 23, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Mike Tolbert (35) is tackled by New York Jets defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis (93) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Jets’ Kenrick Ellis has his legal troubles upcoming.

Ellis, facing a felony charge for malicious wounding, is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Thursday in Hampton, Va., where he allegedly attacked a man in April, 2010. The criminal trial, already postponed twice, is set to begin May 22.

Ellis was in college when this took place. He could face 20 years if convicted.

The Jets were aware of these issues when they drafted him last year. Another potential problem, is that Ellis is not a citizen, he only has “permanent resident” status. He could be deported based on this, if convicted.

Ellis also is facing a civil suit. It was filed last April by Dennis Eley, who is seeking $3 million in damages. In his complaint, obtained by, he accused Ellis of beating him unconcious and breaking his nose and jaw, requiring two surgeries.

All I can say is ugh! This is exactly not what the Jets need coming into 2012. Hopefully this all can be disposed of quickly.