By Mike Schuh

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ)–The Ravens top draft pick from last year appears in court in Howard County and pleads guilty to drunken driving charges.

As Mike Schuh reports, some were surprised at the sentence given to Sergio Kindle.

Until December, the most many of us knew about rookie Sergio Kindle is he probably fell down two flights of stairs and cracked his skull, which made his balance so bad he didn’t play at all last year.

Since then he’s been caught driving drunk twice. On Tuesday, he was silent as he walked into court to plead guilty.

His attorney told the court about the strict alcohol testing and counseling that Kindle was forced to enroll in as an NFL player.

Though the prosecutor said that Kindle needs to spend at least five days in jail, the judge disagreed and said the five-day alcohol inpatient alcohol treatment program that the athlete checked himself into was enough.

Here’s what he got:

  • 1 year all but five days suspended
  • $1,000 fine suspended
  • Two years probation
  • Abstain from alcohol
  • Two self-help meetings per week for two years

The prosecutor was clearly disappointed.

“I think for a second-time offender, a message has to be given not only to that individual but also a message has to be sent to everyone out there,” said Dario Broccolino, Howard County prosecutor.

Meantime, county courthouse personnel let Kindle out the back door. He ran to a SUV driven by the security director and refused to answer questions from the press.

When asked if he thought Kindle has gotten it through his head that this sort of behavior is no longer allowed, his attorney replied, “I think he’s definitely gotten it through his head,” said Warren Alperstein. “Sergio has a lot to lose.”

The Ravens hope that Kindle will be able to play if there is a regular season this year.

Comments (5)
  1. Crying Purple says:

    Should be easy to get anything through his head with that cracked skull of his.
    What a waste of a draft pick! Glad the Ravens learned their lesson with this guy…….NOT! Jimmy Smith should make a nice bookend for Sergio.

  2. scotty501 says:

    i think its refreshing that he admitted he was wrong and accepted responsibility. No bs excuses. He is an honorable athlete and a real man

  3. MrsJ says:

    Just another criminal on the Ravens team..whats 1 more???? Jimmy Smith will fit right in Baltimore!

  4. missgal says:

    If he were not a professional athlete, the judge would have buried him under the jail for a second offense. It makes me sick.

  5. Laurel says:

    having been hit by a drunk dirver this is a silly “sentence”…becuase he is a ravens it is the only reason he got what he got…shame, shame on the justice system. The next time he does this he may kill some on and than you all will be screaming the opposite. Shame on the ones that think he is a real man….he is nothing more than a coward that used his status as an athlete to get off.

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