McPherson on Chain Gang
By dave
The troubled Florida State University ex-QB Adrian McPherson pleaded no contest in three cases involving gambling and theft charges Wednesday as part of a plea bargain with the state attorney's office that keeps alive the possibility of the former Florida State quarterback resuming a college athletic career. McPherson faced two felony cases: one case of grand theft, petty theft, forgery and utterance surrounding the theft of a check from R&R Trucking, a Tallahassee business; and the other for writing more than $500 worth of bad checks at Tallahassee-area Publix stores, also standing trial for misdemeanor gambling in June for placing bets with an offshore online casino. A mistrial was declared after the jury could not reach a verdict.

As part of the deal, McPherson must perform 50 hours of community service -- or 25 hours of community service under the NCAA's supervision, which would likely involve anti-gambling seminars on college campuses. However, the latter could be construed as an admission of guilt in the gambling case.

'That's concerning to us for a number of reasons,' claimed McPherson’s lawyer Grady Irvin. 'No. 1, the NCAA is supposed to be an objective entity. I'm very concerned that they have lost their objectivity in this entire situation. How can you seek specific sanctions against an individual whom you have not afforded due process?'

In addition to the community service, the plea bargain requires McPherson serve 90 days in the work camp of the Leon County Sheriff's Office, be on probation and pay fines and restitution, according to Judge James C. Hankinson.

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