- The Washington Times - Friday, May 28, 2004


Washington Redskins defensive tackle Jermaine Haley has been sentenced to one year’s probation after pleading no contest to reckless driving, avoiding possible suspension by the NFL.

Haley, who was arrested for DUI last May in Miami Beach, Fla., had the charge reduced during an April29 court appearance, according to the state attorney’s office. In addition to the probation sentence, Haley, 31, was ordered to donate $3,000 to charity.

Haley also must comply with the NFL’s substance abuse treatment program and permit the state attorney’s office to review his treatment documents.

The no contest plea keeps Haley from receiving an almost certain suspension for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. Haley was previously convicted of DUI in August 2001, and the NFL typically hands out suspensions for a second conviction. Haley, who is expected to compete with veteran Brandon Noble for the starting nose tackle job, could have missed the Redskins’ first four games this season.

Signed to a four-year, $4million contract last spring after three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Haley was pulled over by police around 11p.m. on May25, 2003, after his Land Rover swerved out of his lane, struck a 1995 Honda and did not stop. Police reports said Haley slurred his words, smelled of alcohol and fell as he got out of the car. According to police, he refused to take a field sobriety test.

Haley is the second Redskins player to receive probation in the last month. Offensive lineman Kenyatta Jones was sentenced to one year’s probation after pleading no contest in Wrentham (Mass.) District Court for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Mark Zuckerman

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