Top NFL prospect Jalen Carter pleads no contest, faces no jail time for fatal car crash

University of Georgia standout Jalen Carter will be a free man when he almost inevitably hears his name called early on the first day of next month’s NFL Draft.

The massive defensive tackle pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless driving and racing charges Thursday. He was sentenced to a year of probation, a $1,000 fine, a defensive driving course and 80 hours of community service.

Carter’s attorney in Georgia, Kim T. Stephens, also sought to “debunk false information” about Carter’s connection to a Jan. 15, 2023 car crash that killed UGA teammate Devin Willcock and recruiting analyst Chandler LeCroy, following the Georgia Bulldogs’ celebration of their second consecutive college football championship.

Stephens said in a statement obtained by the Daily News, “Jalen Carter’s actions on Jan. 15, 2023, did not cause the tragic accident,” as evidenced by the fact police only charged him with a pair of misdemeanors.

He also stated Carter — who was not under the influence of alcohol — “stopped his car immediately after the accident occurred and ran toward the wrecked vehicle while his passenger called 911.”

Carter spoke to police and was told he could leave the scene, Stephens said.

Most analysts view Carter among the top college prospects in this year’s NFL Draft, beginning April 27 in Kansas City, Mo. Questions about Carter’s possible involvement in January’s crash may have caused concern for teams lining up to sign him to a multi-million dollar deal.

Carter’s off-the-field behavior also came into question in February when ESPN analyst Todd McShay wondered if unspecified “character issues” might impact his draft status. People connected to the University of Georgia’s football program, including defensive line coach Tray Scott, rushed to defend the 21-year-old standout as a stellar teammate and charitable figure.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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