Professional athletes and other celebrities often have it a lot rougher than we see on the outside. Take a simple DUI charge, for instance. While a DUI for the common citizen might just make the local newspaper’s blotter, unless there is an accident with injuries, any brush with the law for professional athletes and celebrities ends up reported on sites like TMZ and Page Six. While DUI is a serious charge and people in the public eye should not expect privacy, having their names out in the press for criminal charges can negatively affect their careers. The Miami Herald reports on a former University of Miami football star being charged with DWI in an accident.
New York Jets tight end Christopher Herndon IV, picked fourth in April’s NFL Draft, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.
The arrest came after an accident that happened just before dawn on Saturday, June 2nd.
22-year-old Herndon was driving a Nissan Armada when he struck a Toyota FJ-40 Land Cruiser being driven by 76-year-old Albert Elliott. The crash happened on West Interstate 80 in Rockaway Township, New Jersey.
In the accident, Herndon also demolished a railroad motor car and the trailer that was attached. Elliott suffered a laceration and bruises to his arm.
It was unknown if Herndon suffered from any injuries in the crash.
Herndon, who was drafted 107th overall, is from either Duluth or Norcross, Georgia. Police report that he is from Duluth while the University of Miami report that Herndon is from Norcross. This past season, he led the University of Miami as their leading scoring retriever.
Herndon just recently signed a 4-year contract with the New York Jets that is worth just over $3.1 million.
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