By Garth O'Brien | June 12, 2008
Filed Under Athlete DUI
Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville Jaguars’ Richard Collier was set to do battle over his alleged drunk driving incident. Trial was about to begin when Collier decided to enter a no contest plea instead. Courts love a no contest plea instead of a drawn out trial, and Collier is pleased the ordeal is past him as well.
“Honestly, I been put it behind me. Legally, it’s behind me now.”
The court imposed a sentence that includes 50 hours of community service, a six month driver’s license suspension and six months of probation. This is a pretty light sentence considering Collier was passed out behind the wheel in a McDonald’s drive-through. Take into consideration that Collier is a NFL lineman. He is a small house on wheels weighing in at 358 pounds, and he was passed out while driving. He escaped with a slap on the wrist. At least he seems to understand his mistake and released a sincere statement,
“I would like to apologize to the Jaguars organization for the negative attention that I caused this weekend. I apologize to my family, Mr. and Mrs. Weaver, my teammates and all the Jaguars fans. I wasn’t raised to conduct myself in that type of fashion and my family and I have prayed about my situation and I know everything will be okay. I understand my responsibility as a professional athlete and I will learn from my mistake.”