The latest trouble for Leonard Fournette continued on Thursday afternoon, when he was arrested in Jacksonville for driving with a suspended license.
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) April 11, 2019
Jaguars beat writer, Phillip Heilman of Jacksonville.com obtained the detailed arrest report that Fournette was clocked going 65 m.p.h., in a 45 m.p.h., while weaving in and out of traffic on Atlantic Blvd.
It turns out Fournette legal troubles began with a speeding ticket that he received in November. That ticket carried a $204 fine and according to DiRocco’s report and court records, Fournette had not paid the fine by March. So, Duval County turned the issue over for collection on March 18th.
Further, under Florida law, failing to pay that speeding fine automatically suspended his license, and therefore, led to today’s arrest after, yet another, traffic stop for speeding.
Duval County jail records show that Fournette was only there for approximately 40 minutes having been booked at 3:24 p.m. before bonding out at $1,500 at 4:09 p.m.
The Jaguars released a statement saying that they are “continuing to gather information: on Fournette’s situation and would have no additional comment today.
TMZ (who else?) obtained a bystander cell phone video of Fournette’s arrest in the parking lot of the “Easy Breezy Car Wash” on Atlantic Blvd:
VIDEO: NFL Star Leonard Fournette Arrested at the Easy Breezy Car Wash https://t.co/qIzodu1mw2
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) April 11, 2019
This is the latest in what was a tumultuous second season for Fournette that included a hamstring injury that robbed him of all or parts of eight games last year. He then had a one-game suspension after being ejected for a fight with Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Shaq Lawson in their November game. That led to the Jags eliminating the guaranteed money on the two remaining years of his rookie contract after that suspension.
There has been widespread speculation that VP of football Tom Coughlin and GM Dave Caldwell would attempt to trade Fournette to a willing to taker that would give them a decent pick in the upcoming NFL Draft at the end of the month.
It’s hard to believe after Fournette burst on the scene after being the fourth overall pick with a thousand yard season helping the Jaguars make the playoffs in his rookie year of 2017, that he could fall out of favor, so quickly with the organization.
However, Thursday’s arrest will only underscore the Coughlin and the front office have doubts about Fournette’s focus to do the things necessary to get back to his 2017 form.
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