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If convicted, Jets' Ellis could be deported

Posted on: July 11, 2011 12:26 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 2:26 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Jets 2011 third-round pick Kenrick Ellis was set to stand trial next week on felony assault charges for an arrest that took place in April 2010 while he was still a student at Hampton University. The trial has been rescheduled for November 28, but Ellis faces bigger issues than appearing in court during the NFL season.

He's not a US citizen (Ellis was born in Jamaica and moved to the States at the age of 11), but holds "permanent resident" status. A permanent resident can be deported if convicted of an aggravated felony, which means that the outcome of this trial could not only cost Ellis millions of dollars, but keep him from ever playing football in this country.

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini wrote last week that because of the stakes, Ellis' best move would be to negotiate a plea bargain before the matter goes to trial.
The key is to make sure that any plea arrangement isn't classified as an aggravated assault and carries less than a one-year sentence, suspended or otherwise, according to Virginia-based immigration attorney Bill Kovatch.

"There's a reason (for the Jets) to be worried ... because if it's an aggravated felony, there's nothing that can be done," said Kovatch, who doesn't represent Ellis. "He gets deported and there's no waiver."
Under Rex Ryan, the Jets have taken chances on talented players with questionable pasts, and the results have been mostly positive. Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Antonio Cromartie all came to New York with baggage, and all contributed to the Jets' two consecutive runs to the AFC Championship game.

So it wasn't altogether surprising that Ryan and general managers Mike Tannenbaum drafted Ellis, a 6-5, 345-pound nose tackle out of Hampton, in April. At the time, the team said they were "comfortable" with the risk after doing their due diligence.

Before playing at Hampton, Ellis was dismissed from the University of South Carolina for failing multiple drug tests, and one NFL general manager told Cimini that his team shied away from Ellis because of the impending trial and the possibility of deportation.

"That was big for us," the GM said. "It's a pain in the tail, the whole legal issue."

The Jets need Ellis to help fill the void left by Kris Jenkins (to that end, New York also drafted Temple defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson in the first round), and given their past successes with players like Holmes, Edwards and Cromartie, it's not unreasonable to think that the gamble on Ellis will pay off.

Plus, as Cimini notes, there's this: "[Ellis] has been a permanent resident for more than five years. Even if he's convicted of a crime of moral turpitude (which is deportable), as long as it's a misdemeanor -- a sentence less than one year -- it won't affect his residency status, Kovatch said. But a repeat offense, he said, would make him deportable."

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Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:54 pm
 

If convicted, Jets' Ellis could be deported

What's with all the "he should have become a citizen" crap?  Ummm maybe he doesn't want to become a citizen.  God forbid someone might actually want to not be a US citizen.  gasp!!!  Not denying the fact that he is probably a @$$ hole if he beat the poop out of someoneM

 

If you he wanted to play football in this country, and knowing his trouble past. The best thing that he could have done was naturalized himself. With your point, out of pride for his Jamaica country, he did not want to be US citizen. There have been causes where people have been deported for the same reason that Ellis got himself involve. My family came from west Africa, the path to citizen is argueably the best thing immigrants treasure the most. U.S born citizens might take it for granted, and Ellis probably took it for granted. But the sad part of holding permanent residence, the U.S is not your permanent residence until committ a crime. He may throw away of millionaire of  dollars away because of he didnt wanna be U.S citizen that doesnt make sense at all. He could have at least do dual citizenship he didnt do that either. Someone along the lines didnt help the guy growing up. No one help him. I know people who have been in this country and dont have intention of staying here for the rest of their life but when the 5 year mark hit, trust me they go apply for their citizenship.




Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:45 pm
 

If convicted, Jets' Ellis could be deported

BTW Pot has been decriminalize in several states in the union




Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:21 pm
 

If convicted, Jets' Ellis could be deported

Probably just pot. Last time I checked, pot was still an illegal drug.



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:05 pm
 

If convicted, Jets' Ellis could be deported

First of all, he will not be convicted. One thing all these articles fail to mention is that the guys he beat up attacked him and the girl he with, with a baseball bat. Don't you think you guys would do something about that too? The pot was something early in his football career and he has been clean ever since. He will either take a plea or the case will be thrown out. After that, he will most likely apply for citizenship to avoid deportation if something happens in the future.



Since: Aug 6, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:53 am
 

If convicted, Jets' Ellis could be deported

F him!  Aggravated assault and deport his stupid ass!  Be a decent human being, that's all America asks, and you can't even do that.  Better luck next time, actually there should be no next time .  Good Riddance!!



Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:29 am
 

If convicted, Jets' Ellis could be deported

What's with all the "he should have become a citizen" crap?  Ummm maybe he doesn't want to become a citizen.  God forbid someone might actually want to not be a US citizen.  gasp!!!  Not denying the fact that he is probably a @$$ hole if he beat the poop out of someone, probably someone smaller than he is.  as far as the drugs, probably just pot, obviously dumb to do it if you are a ball player since you know you will be tested, but I am not going to wag my finger at him for that, I mean come on, he is from Jamacia Mon!! 



Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:16 am
 

If convicted, Jets' Ellis could be deported

Sorry for the 3 times post.  Every time I clicked on Submit, I received Error 100.  Please don't blame me... .blame CBS Sports.


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