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NFL: Austin Seferian-Jenkins Gets Probation After Cutting Deal in DUI Case

by Thad Mitchell
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NFL Tight End Austin Seferian-Jenkins has reportedly made a deal to end his long-standing, months old DUI case.

The incident in question occurred earlier this year on March 9, when Seferian-Jenkins was stopped for speeding. The 28-year-old tight end, who played for numerous NFL teams, was reportedly doing 48 MPH in 30 MPH zone. He was stopped by law enforcement at around 1 a.m. in Gig Harbor, Washington, according to TMZ Sports.

Police reports say the tight end was driving a 2016 Dodge Charger when the incident occurred. He was reportedly swerving and nearly entered a wrong-way offramp before cutting across multiple lanes without a blinker. Police say Seferian-Jenkins had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol during questioning. Police also say they detected the odor of marijuana coming from the NFL player.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins Gets Third DUI Arrest

After refusing a field sobriety test, police arrested Seferian-Jenkin. He is charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI), driving on a suspended license and operating a vehicle without and ignition interlock device.

It is the third DUI arrest for the athlete who has played for the Tampa Bay Bucs, New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars. He was arrested for DUI in 2013 and 2016. He will have to complete probation, a two year outpatient treatment program and attend a victim impact panel and pay fees.

It’s been a tough road for the NFL tight end since coming into the league as a second round draft pick. He most recently signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots but never saw the field for the team. He was released by the Pats only a few month later, citing “personal reasons.”

The tight end is rather productive when he is on the field. In addition to being a good blocker, he has 116 career catches for 1,160 yards. He also has caught 11 touchdown passes.