After his arrest last week for driving with a suspended license and then, getting a speeding ticket in Jacksonville, are left to wonder if running back Leonard Fournette will be in the Jaguar’s future plans? In fact, we wrote about this latest issue and what VP of Football, Tom Coughlin, and the Jags front office might do with the third year veterean.
Well at least on Tuesday, Coach Doug Marrone was saying the right things on behalf of the organization about Fournette and his latest off-field trouble:
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says RB Leonard Fournette will not face any team discipline for his arrest last week for driving with a suspended license. Marrone called it a mistake and said he was arrested for a similar offense when he was an assistant… https://t.co/oNbCSB1jU2
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) April 16, 2019
After the team’s voluntary workout, Marrone spoke to the media on many subjects and when the questions about Fournette’s Thursday traffic violation that resulted in him eventually being taken to the Duval County Jail on charges of driving with a suspended license, Marrone shared some interesting news.
First, he said that he is not only spoken with Fournette about the issue, but that the team will also not take no further disciplinary action against the former fourth overall pick, despite the arrest.
Further, Marrone relayed that he had actually encountered something similar, while an assistant coach in college at Georgia Tech in the mid-1990s. Apparently, as Marrone told it Tuesday, he was taken into custody for the same reason of not being aware that not paying the speeding tickets, etc. could lead to something similar to what happened to Fournette.
Still, Fournette’s mounting off field issues cannot be ignored. This includes, last season with Fournette getting himself ejected in the November loss at Buffalo for fighting with Bills defensive lineman Shaq Lawson. Fournette was subsequently suspended the next week by the NFL and that’s where the team has taken the step to void the remaining guaranteed money on his contract due to clauses in the deal involving behavior.
Fournette is appealing the Jaguars decision for the NFL players Association.
And one more from the end of last year, Fournette was inactive with an ankle injury for the season finale in Houston and CBS Television cameras and announcers caught he and teammate T.J. Yeldon completely uninterested in participating in watching the game or being with their offensive teammates while the game was going on.
Coughlin felt compelled to publicly rebuke both Fournette and Yeldon for their behavior and disrespecting their teammates. So you know there has been plenty of acrimony from the front office.
So, now, we wait to see if the team might be looking to deal him at draft time for a premium pick, or if they and Fournette, are willing to put all of the last year or so of off field issues behind them and get ready for 2019.
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