By Josh Katzowitz
As we noted in July, Jets defensive end Kenrick Ellis faces possible deportation if he’s found guilty of felonious assault for an incident that occurred when he was playing college ball at Hampton.
Originally, he was supposed to stand trial in July. Then, his case got moved to November and then to Tuesday, and now, as the New York Daily News reports, his case has been delayed once again.
This time, he’ll stand trial beginning May 22 for an incident that occurred in April 2010. Supposedly, Ellis was trying to defend a female friend at the time.
The potentially big problem for Ellis -- who played only five games this season (and started two) and recorded seven tackles -- is that if he’s convicted of a felony, he could be deported. He was born in Jamaica, and though he’s lived in the U.S. since he was 11, he holds only “permanent resident” status. If he were to plead guilty (or be convicted) of a misdemeanor charge, he likely could stay in the country.
As the Daily News notes, it’s unclear why Ellis’ attorney requested another continuance.
There’s little doubt, though, that Ellis’ legal problems have affected his pro career. As one GM who didn’t draft Ellis because of character concerns told ESPN New York in July, "That was big for us. It’s a pain in the tail, the whole legal issue."
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