Jevon Kearse Avoids DUI, Pleads to Reckless Driving
Instead of a DUI, Kearse had to pay a $350 fine (which works out to be the equivalent of a couple of pennies for your or me), faces six months probation and must go through an NFL alcohol program. He'll also have a restricted license for the next year, which comes from the fact that he refused to take a DUI breath test.
In Kearse's case, he seems to be a poster child for not taking the breath test. Instead of a DUI charge that would have likely carried jail time and an NFL suspension, he's got a pretty decent chance of avoiding the NFL suspension now, as reckless driving is not usually something that the NFL clamps down on.
Kearse had a pretty solid bounce back season in his return to Tennessee. Most importantly, he was healthy all year--he played in all 16 games for the first time since 2001. And since he's under contract for only $3 million for 2009, it's likely he'll be back with Tennessee next season.