Shirley Sentenced To 30 Days
DT Jason Shirley (Getty Images)
DT Jason Shirley (Getty Images)
JungleInsider.com Editor
Posted Nov 11, 2008


Bengals rookie defensive tackle Jason Shirley must serve 30 days in a work program after being found guilty of DUI and hit-and-run charges in a Fresno (Calif.) County court on Monday.

According to the Fresno Bee, Superior Court Judge Wayne Ellison handed down the sentence after the jury deliberated for three hours on the verdict. It was Shirley’s second trial in the case; the first trial ended in a mistrial.

Shirley has until March to complete his 30-day requirement so he may do it after the football season is finished, according to the newspaper. Shirley must also attend a program for first-time offenders, pay a fine of $1,674 and has been placed on three years probation.

The Bengals released this statement Tuesday afternoon regarding Shirley's case: “The Club is aware that the vehicular charges against Jason Shirley stemming from his college career have been resolved against him. He will likely complete the legal obligations required by the court during the off-season, and the Club expects that he will do what he needs to do to put this incident behind him and contribute to the football team.”.

Shirley’s case stems from an accident on Oct. 8, 2007, when he crashed his vehicle into an apartment building in Fresno and fled the scene. He was later found with a blood-alcohol level of 0.12, above California’s legal limit of 0.08.

Shirley claimed, with medical documents, that he had suffered a concussion a few days before the accident and that contributed to the incident.

The Bengals drafted Shirley in the fifth round this year. He has been inactive for all nine of the team’s games this season. Head coach Marvin Lewis has said on repeated occasions that the team entered the season with the belief that Shirley would not be counted on to help them this year but that he would be a part of their future plans.

The team was widely criticized for the drafting of Shirley in large part because of the numerous off-field incidents that had plagued the organization the past few seasons. Nine different players were arrested in a 14-month period beginning in November 2005. Wide receiver Chris Henry has been arrested five times in his career with the team, the last of which forced the team to release him in early April.

Assault charges against Henry were eventually dropped and the team re-signed him during training camp. Henry has seven catches for 74 yards in five games since returning from a four-game league suspension.

Shirley played in just three games as a senior at Fresno State in 2007. He was twice suspended from the team and then finally dismissed from the program in the middle of the season.



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