Cleveland's Chris Jennings Latest Athlete to Negotiate Way Out of Trouble

J GatskieCorrespondent IMay 23, 2010

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 10: Chris Jennings #34 of the Cleveland Browns runs for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 10, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Well, well, Chris Jennings has come to a wink, wink, agreement with the doorman whose mouth he bloodied last April 17th at Warehouse District dance club, the Velvet Dog.

Does anybody else smell the exchange of money for civil liberties here. Sure you do, because athletes get away with it all the time.

Jennings reportedly got into an argument that turned physical because his companion's attire did not meet the dress code.

Jennings was arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail.

Now, he has beaten the case without even going back to court. Isn't the legal system a wonderful thing when you can manipulate it based on your celebrity or check book.

Look at former Brown Donte Stallworth who received only 30 days in jail for a vehicular manslaughter case in large part because he came to a financial agreement with the family of the man, Mario Reyes, who he killed.

That was not the only reason for the sentence but it was a large part of it.

Two weeks ago, former Cincinnati Bengal running back Corey Dillon, who is in the middle of a divorce, was arrested for spousal abuse. Officers on the scene note minor injuries to his wife.

The charges were dropped when she refused to sign charges.

Once again, does anyone smell a larger divorce settlement? I could be absolutely wrong, but its sure does make you wonder what numbers were being discussed before the charges and what they are now.

It almost seems as if there is a victim to pay off, there is better than average chance that the athlete will be able to pay their way out of trouble.

Fortunately for the public, but unfortunately for Cleveland nose tackle Shaun Rogers, there is no victim in his gun possession case but the State of Ohio.

He is not likely to do actual time on the fourth degree felony gun possession charge, but he will likely be convicted, fined and put on probation. There will be no free walk.

In September, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West was arrested after Maryland police officers pulled him over for speeding on a Can-Am Spyder motorcycle while carrying a handgun in his pocket, another in his pant leg and a shotgun in a guitar case strapped to his back.

West, who has been treated for bipolar disorder, was charged with speeding and weapons counts; in Maryland, it's illegal to carry concealed weapons and to transport loaded guns.

West, who like Rogers faces the state of his offense as the victim will have much less to deal with.

In no way am I trying to trivialize Rogers' and West's crimes, weapons violations are serious issues, but I am trying to illustrate the difference in how athletes are treated criminally when there is a live victim they can manipulate and negotiate with versus the state of offense being the victim.

Jennings, Dillon, and Stallworth almost make Plaxico Burress look like a stand up guy for admitting his crime and going to prison instead of having a victim to pay off. Plax, well, come on who did he hurt but himself!

P.S. Why don't the Browns work Burress out at WR?