The Jaguars will not punish Leonard Fournette following arrest
By David Levin
The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced the team will not punish Leonard Fournette for being arrested last week for driving with a suspended license and other traffic violations.
Leonard Fournette will not receive punishment from the Jacksonville Jaguars following an incident last week where the star running back was arrested for knowingly driving with a suspended license and other traffic violations.
According to head coach Doug Marrone, he told the media he had met with Fournette following the incident where he was taken into custody and booked into the Duval County Jail, only to be released 30 minutes later for driving with a suspended license, speeding and having too dark a tint on the windows of the vehicle he was driving.
This was not the first time Fournette, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2017, had been stopped for speeding. The incident will not have any impact on how Marrone evaluates Fournette’s progress this offseason. The former LSU star fell out of favor with the organization at the end of last season, drawing the ire of the team’s Executive Vice-President of Football Operations, Tom Coughlin.
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Fournette’s issues with injuries, a suspension for fighting by the NFL and his in-season conditioning had all been topics of conversation last season and during the offseason.
Marrone, who spoke with the media on Tuesday to discuss the Jaguars offseason workout program, said he could relate to Fournette’s most recent situation.
“Marrone called the circumstances that led to Fournette’s arrest — failing to pay a speeding ticket from November — a mistake,” writes Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com. “He also said he made a similar mistake when he was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech from 1996-99.”
The Jaguars need a healthy Fournette, who dealt with hamstring issues as soon as the first half of the 2018’s first game against the New York Giants. He was never the same since and the team’s offense suffered from a lack of a true lead running back.
Fournette is part of the team’s offseason workout program after spending part of the time after the 2018 NFL year in Wyoming as he trained to get back into football shape and to prepare himself for OTAs and training camp.
"As DiRocco added, “Fournette was arrested last Thursday after a Jacksonville Sheriff’s officer pulled over a 2016 GMC Yukon that he clocked at 65 mph in a 45 mph zone… Next: Jaguars to face Texans in London in Week 9 “Fournette’s license was suspended because he failed to pay a speeding ticket from Nov. 17, 2018. Per Duval County court records, Fournette paid that outstanding ticket ($227) the day after his arrest.”"