Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. was placed on probation, given community service and fined as punishment for his misdemeanor battery arrest last July, according to Pinellas County (Florida) court records.
Fowler pleaded no contest to charges of battery, criminal mischief and petit theft on Thursday and was sentenced to a year of probation and 75 hours of community service and was fined $925, according to court records. Sixth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Theodora Komninos also ordered Fowler not to have contact with the victim.
Fowler could be subject to discipline under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.
A month before that, a video surfaced on TMZ.com of Fowler apparently refereeing a fight between his girlfriend and the mother of his child. The NFL investigated the matter, but Fowler was not disciplined by the league and he released a statement apologizing for his actions.
Fowler played in every game for the Jaguars in 2017, recording 21 tackles, a career-high eight sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
TMZ.com first reported the sentencing.
Yes, he’s getting up there in age, but yes, he finally found a groove in Seattle’s offense during his contract year, going from a slow start to 10 TDs, dominating in the red zone in the second half of the season. The problem is he’s not the same field-stretcher he once was.
One thing definitively on the agenda for the annual NFL-NFLPA Combine meeting is player safety. That includes discussions about injury rates during Thursday Night Football games held after short weeks of preparations.
We’re always closely monitoring that, said Winston, who was elected NFLPA president in 2014 after previous years of heavy union involvement. There are guys who really like ‘Thursday Night Football’ because you get the long weekend afterward, which are usually the young guys (laughs), and then you have guys who can’t stand it because it’s too hard on them and too hard to get ready. They don’t feel like they’re ready to go and feel like there’s an injury risk.