Sentenced to seven and a half years in jail following his arrest in late 2006, Maurice Clarett has been allowing us into his Mind via the blog format. Which is why I cannot wait for his next post, only to see his thoughts on the most recent news attached to his name. Via the AP…
Former Ohio State football star Maurice Clarett has withdrawn a request for early release from prison that he said would allow him to pursue an NFL career.
The former Ohio State running back has long talked about making another attempt at the game off football. This past May, Clarett discussed his feelings about the game and how he could “not accept how things ended.” Shortly thereafter, Clarett filed for an early release from prison so that he could pursue a career on the football field, or one as a motivational speaker.
While the sentence was longer, the mandatory time that had to be served by Clarett is three and a half years – a period that has not been eclipsed to this point. Upon receiving the clemency request, the Franlin County Prosecutor had the following:
“He had an AK-47 with 30 live rounds in the magazine and three pistols in his vehicle, and was wearing a Kevlar bullet-proof vest … an open bottle of Grey Goose vodka and a hatchet,” O’Brien told Strickland. “Those facts do not suggest the kind of conduct that warrants the intervention of executive clemency.”
Why would he leave out the lint roller? While I clearly remember the morning after the incident, when the news hit the wire, just reading this again makes one realize what sort of damage really could have been done. While there is no doubt in my mind that Clarett has grown up (perhaps not by choice) while in prison, one can understand why his request was not granted at this time.
The three and a half year mark would be approximately March of 2010. I wouldn’t be surprised if Clarett and his camp file for another early release. But I would be very surprised if there was an NFL team willing to give him another shot at the game of football. Hopefully his new found love of education will provide him with a fallback plan that ultimately keeps him out of the same predicaments which were all too common back in the early part of the decade.