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Washington sentenced to probation

Posted by Darren Urban on April 23, 2014 – 9:26 am

The court case for linebacker Daryl Washington has finally come to a conclusion, almost a year after his initial arrest. Washington, who entered a plea last month after being charged with assault on the mother of his child, was sentenced Wednesday morning to one year of supervised probation for one aggravated assault charge. That means no jail time, although that is not a surprise given his plea deal. But now comes the second part of this equation. The NFL has been monitoring the case, of course, but it waits until it is fully played out before handing out any of its own punishment. That time has arrived.

How long it takes the NFL to make a decision on whether or not to suspend Washington — who served an unrelated four-game suspension to begin last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy — is up in the air. Anything that would happen would come in the form of a regular-season ban, so there is time. Given the way commissioner Roger Goodell has handled things in the personal conduct area, a suspension would not be a surprise. Washington is officially charged with a felony, but if he performs well during the probation — essentially does everything the court asks — it will be reduced to a misdemeanor. What that means for the NFL is in question; a felony isn’t a good thing, obviously, but does the possible reduction play into the decision?

The Cardinals weathered the Washington-is-missing storm last year (going 2-2 in his absence.) We’ll see later today when the schedule comes out — 5 p.m. Arizona time, be sure to check azcardinals.com then! — what the Cards face in September. Last year, of course, the Cards had Karlos Dansby upon which to fall back without Washington. Dansby is gone. There is Kevin Minter, and Lorenzo Alexander, Kenny Demens and JoJo Dickson, and maybe a draft pick. Washington was already a key to this defense. Any absence will have an impact.

UPDATE: Coach Bruce Arians briefly addressed Washington this morning at the Cardinals’ charity golf tournament. “We’ve known this was coming for a long time,” Arians said. “Daryl’s known it. Whatever the judge decides is right, in this case. And we’ll live with it. We’ll wait and see how it goes.”

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32 Responses to “Washington sentenced to probation”

  1. By T.Stone on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    He is gone for the first couple of games for sure. Ice up Minter and Alexander and get ready.

  2. By Robert on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    So with everything Aldon Smith has ever done, he has still not been suspended (though he probably will be now that he is on his 4th or 5th incident). I wouldn’t be surprised to see Washington suspended, but it should only be a game, two an ABSOLUTE maximum. The Cards will be okay without him for one or two games. Hopefully Washington can learn from this (it seems like he is taking the right steps) and there will be no future incidents.

  3. By Andy Kw on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    I think Daryl Washington already learned his lesson. He has not been in any trouble recently and he truly meant his apology to his Cardinals’ fans. This guy does not deserve a suspension.

  4. By clssylssy on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    If Washington is suspended it will be a gross abuse of the Commissioner’s authority and wrong. This story is not finished until Washington completes his probation and the charge is reduced to a misdemeanor. The media has had a field day with this, sensationalizing the arrest and misreporting the facts of the incident. The fact that the lawyers negotiated this out for the welfare of all parties, and the judge accepted the negotiation and placed Washington on probation, tells me that this was a relatively minor “domestic violence” incident; the fact that Washington took the high road pleading guilty to the assault charge left the judge with the alternative of probation or jail time. The sentence of probation speaks for itself.
    I, for one, am sick to death of the media sensationalizing every allegation involving a player and vilifying them without reporting all the facts. I look forward to the day when one of them decides to draw a line in the sand, hires a high dollar lawyer and sues them and their publications into the next millennium. However this plays out, I am sure that the front office has been on top of the situation and will make sure the team has the needed depth for any possible outcome. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing Washington on the field and hope he has learned a lesson in all of this. I also hope all the other young players have been paying attention and are careful of the company they keep!

  5. By Blake on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Who are some Middle Linebackers that the cards could draft this year? In your opinion.

  6. By D on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    I am guessing another 4 game suspension. Which would mean Cards need depth at ILB, but with the youth of DW and the financial obligations, along with the high pick and youth of Minter, I don’t see the Cards drafing a backup ILB but signing a Vet during the summer. Alexander is one body, be nice to add another.

    I see that the Cards have done some homework on DL Hageman from Minn, his 6’6 size has been attributed to some risk due to him coming off the ball too high, but I remember the same thing being said about Campbell during his rookie year and look how he turned out…coaching can do wonders…Cards will not be able to sustain DD’s cap space after this year with Peterson’s future huge deal and Fitzgerald’s. Need to prepare for the future….

  7. By Dynosoar on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    clssylssy,

    “I, for one, am sick to death of the media sensationalizing every allegation involving a player and vilifying them without reporting all the facts.”

    Yes! Yes! and Yes!

    Though it’s not just players. Over the last several months here in the Salt Lake area we’ve had 2 or 3 coaches and/or teachers acquitted of abuse charges because they were baseless allegations, but the lives of those accused are ruined. Because of irresponsible reporting.

    They’ve lost careers, in at least one case divorce and children are gone with spouse, neighbors pointing fingers and whispering even after the dropping of all charges. The media is irresponsible in reporting news.

    At least Washington still has his career. I’m not defending Washington. We all do wrong, some more grievous than others. The key is to learn from mistakes, make restitution and improve our lives and others.

    I also don’t like the idea of being punished twice for the same crime. I wish Goodell would leave this in the hands of the courts and stay out of it, but players know he won’t so it seems if they’re willing to play under the NFL’s policies, I should accept them as well.

  8. By jeffgollin on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    We didn’t “weather the storm” during DWash’s suspension. You could argue that the opening loss to StL cost us the playoffs.

  9. By Louisville Card on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    Thanks for the update. Do you expect the cards to maybe look at adding Jonathan Vilma, Will Witherspoon, or maybe Nick Barnett closer to the start of training camp?

  10. By Darren Urban on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    Blake —

    RE: ILBs

    Some names are in here: http://www.azcardinals.com/news-and-events/article-2/Draft-Primer-2014-Linebackers-/c83ab03f-d160-42da-8c2b-b24995f0028d

  11. By Darren Urban on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    Louisville —

    RE: ILBs

    No idea. Depends on what happens with Washington, what happens in draft.

  12. By JohnnyBluenose on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    As far as we know, Washington has been a solid citizen since his arrest one year ago. As troubling as the charges against him are, his good behaviour since then should count for something and I hope that the Commissioner rewards Washington for this by not suspending him. I would feel that way even if Washington was playing elsewhere. Looking forward to tonight’s schedule release.

  13. By j on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    sad to say but he should be suspended for the season while on probation with a felony, then after a successful completion of his lil one year probation and the charges then dropped to a misdemeanor he can come back. Obviously he is found to an extent in the wrong for abuse on a woman he is familiar with. No tolerance for that in a civilized society. sorry but this is Washingtons fault… The fan wants him to play and feel like a bullet was dodged there so we can win big this next season and go to the playoffs but the human in me says no, serve your probation well, live off that large salary you make “i hope you saved some” for your probation year, then come back and be a model player. My sympathy for all parties, DV is no joke to take lightly.

  14. By louis on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    it will be another 50 years before cards see another superbowl.

  15. By Dr. G. on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    Well, this day finally came for DWash; he sounded contrite in court as anyone wanting to put this behind. Other details were not available, but fines may have been been part of the proceeding. Those are monumental steps to the path of resolution. On the continuing legal front, if there has not been a civil settlement, that will certainly be costly.

    And now, the Comish is forced to put his credibility on the line. If he is pragmatic as usual, he will come again with a suspension. People who are not NFL fans will stand in judgment of his action. But, any action must be in line with the NFLPA rules of agreement. Will the Comish use comparative analysis, to wit: If he gave Washington 4 games for just tokin’ up few times, how will he approach a guilty plea for a felony? This court decision helps the case for leniency though….

    This is not over…. However, DWash certainly sees the wee light ahead… a year from now…

    I wish him well and a peaceful mind… He still has to deal with visitation; and that will certainly be conducted with an appointed intermediary. Another trip to the Dairy Queen, my little girl….daddy loves ya! Be well Cards Fans…

  16. By CN Punk on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    Daryl Washington has accepted a plea deal, that for one should tell anyone with a brain that instead of fighting in court for another year or 2 to prove his innocence he wanted it over with now so it was not a distraction to him and his team. They offered him a way for it to be over so he manned up and took the responsibility and said, ok, it was my fault, lets fix this and be done. He has been a model citizen for the last year since this incident came to light and has done everything that was asked of him, as well as be a pro-bowl player on the least respected team in the NFL. He is the reason Karlos Dansby had his career year and still is overlooked as one of the premier inside linebackers. I can only hope the commissioner takes into consideration the fact that he has already payed a debt for his mistake and has taken the responsibility that most of the players wouldn’t, thus making sure he wasn’t continually dragging the NFL’s name threw more litigation to clear his name of a incident that happens to about 90% of men with women. I have even dealt with it over a step daughter accusing me of something I didn’t do. No matter the out come he is and will be more aware of how this situation can affect you without warning.
    I believe that his probation should be enough without warranting a suspension from the NFL or punishment from the NFLPA. Let the man prove he is what he says he is and only if he violates his probation should the NFL step in and place a suspension on him. Guys like Aldon Smith can rack up 3 or 4 felonies at a time and still not received punishment because “the processes on going” is BS.
    D. Wash has been nothing but a great person since this stupid incident happened a year ago, but of course he is a “bad person” to some people. He will be a cornerstone of this defense for years to come, this after experts pegged him to small when he was drafted.

    Thank You to the Cardinals Organization for the understanding that things happen and he will get past this and be just fine in the future.

  17. By brian r on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    -Louis

    you must be mistaking the cardinals for the seahawks or 49ers.

    shame on you.

  18. By Kurt on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    Let’s hope he can leave the marijuana alone while on probation.

  19. By Andy Kw on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    ILB Marcus Benard did really well in a limited role. If he becomes the starter next to Daryl Washington, I will be happy. I would love to see Kevin Minter be really aggressive in the preseason. If he does not impress, I see Marcus Benard having a rejuvenation in his career. He has a lot of talent and his 6-2 256lbs is perfect.

  20. By shannon robinson on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    I practice law in New Mexico and can only tell y’all that Arizona is very harsh in application of your criminal laws. Your Judges serve up felonies like pancakes at a Church social. I was always amazed when UNM would play ASU & U of A in conference basketball (1970’s) and our fans would be inventory searched on the freeway on the way home and as New Mexicans would have a joint in the ashtray. I’d have to explain to them that the petty misdemeanor in ABQ is a felony in Az. The best we could do for them is plea to the felony and work through probation for the misdemeanor! Mr. Washington’s progress can already be noticed, because I bet Dr. G’s assessment of visitation was probably how they started a year ago, but after counseling and cooperation he’s proven he’s not dangerous to his ex and his child. I’ll also guess the mother of his child is fighting for no suspension since the child support difference will be huge. This is something that happened in a NY minute and the damage was immediate and it’s now repaired physically and emotionally. I think it would be totally appropriate for those fans who have interacted with D. Washington to write the Commissioner and tell him we think enough is enough and what a responsible citizen Mr. Washington is today.

  21. By CreditCard on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    The Commish first looks at the TV revenue from that team’s player, and then the sales from sports memorabilia shops. Based on player revenue impact, the Commish rules upon the punishment. Much like the authority an Emperor has over his subjects.

    High profile players and teams will get counseling. However, there is no limit to the punishment a player from Buffalo, and Jacksonville will have to face — no matter what the rumored offense.

  22. By Darren Urban on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: Benard

    Benard plays on the outside.

  23. By Dr. G. on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    Punk – You state that DWash “already payed a debt for his mistake,” and that he could get “punishment from the NFLPA”….

    Clarifying – He has paid no debt yet for his admitted acts for which he pleaded guilty. He has been let off the hook for jail time, and any other fines or actions are pending further review. The judge cited “no priors” as part of the reasoning. He has only been sanctioned by the NFL with those 4 games lost.

    The NFLPA represents the ((“players’)) interests and would defend him to minimize any sanctions or suspension. The NFL Commissioner is the person who deals out consequences.

    If DWash tows the line for the year, he will be cleared of criminal punishment, but it is imminent that the Comish will issue significant action in light of the expectations under a conduct clause. The league must protect the game and project a favorable image. The only enforcement tool they have is player sanctions. It seems harsh sometimes, but the young men in the league must abide or else…..

  24. By cardsalltheway on Apr 24, 2014 | Reply

    Look at all these felony apologists. I want D Wash in there as much as anyone but not given what he’s done. This type of justice for the elite just doesn’t jive with me. The rich and/or elite also often get lower bail amounts compared to lower class citizens, not sure why? Oh yeah I forgot, they’re special. I once lived across the hall from a famous but retired NFL football player(just his love nest while religious & married) who beat on my door, climbed on my porch, flashed a fake police badge at me(known disorder), and got away with it. His real or big home was in the shape according to the initial of his last name. Later, he invited me and two of my buddies to go fight him at his gym.

  25. By Tbru on Apr 24, 2014 | Reply

    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the off field activity of NFL players.

  26. By Dr. G. on Apr 24, 2014 | Reply

    Tbru – unless that person “pleads to guilt” without duress.

    A significant omission there…

  27. By Dr. G. on Apr 24, 2014 | Reply

    Tbru – P. S. Appreciate the Constitutional reference there. The average person sees not enough of this…. Be well….

  28. By Dr. G. on Apr 24, 2014 | Reply

    Cards Fans – Justa… Justa….. Our Pro-Bowler face of the franchise has had his moments with the baby momma trapper thing as well… But he handled it without getting into real hot water…

    Fitzgerald has a son named Devin. He had an order of protection filed against him by the mother of his child in October 2008 after an altercation between the two. This was during the year of the SB run!

    So you see, it can happen to the best of them, even when there are good intentions. #58 and #11 shoulda talked some a few years ago about the social cravings! The coaches just can’t say enough… can’t issue enough warnings…

    DWash is going to be alright… This experience has certainly been a wake-up call…

  29. By cardsalltheway on Apr 26, 2014 | Reply

    shannon robinson,
    You’re comparing apples(cannabis) to oranges(physical violence and bodily harm). Really you’re a lawyer, must not be a criminal lawyer. What’s your Alma mater?

    No judge would allow a fan as a witness in the court since 99.9% of fans have no idea about whether D. Wash is a “responsible citizen” or might do it again. I’m just going by the felony conviction which says he did it(deserves suspension). I’d hope the Commissioner wouldn’t listen to fans, if Roger Goodell doesn’t suspend D. Wash he’s giving permission to all NFL players to break the bones of their female wives/GF’s. If you’re all thinking D. Wash doesn’t deserve getting suspended then his lawyer could sell you an old piece of dog excrement. And if he doesn’t get suspended I’d smell some suspicious money exchanged(fish basket scent). Has there ever been a felony that R. Goodell has condoned in recent years? Dirty, low snake play will be vivid if there is R. Goodell condonment.

    Once a wife beater almost always a wife beater, and the wife beater can always find another wife(or GF) in the future(or on the side) to beat. Their options are endless as there are fish in the sea and with gobs of $$$, all the more fish surround sound. It’s comparable to alcoholism, sex, pedophilia, drugs(minus cannabis), etc…in that they’re all addictive.

    “an unrelated four-game suspension”

    A trouble maker/rule breaker is a trouble maker/rule breaker! They can always find new and different troubles and rules to break, they’re creative like that.

    “entered a plea last month(after one year)”

    A total waste of the courts time and citizens tax paying $$$, obvious stalling on his behalf. Innocent teenagers have been thrown in jail just to fill up juvenile detention centers(“kids for cash”). What we have here is more endemic in favor of rich(special) adults.

    “was sentenced Wednesday morning to one year of supervised probation for one aggravated assault charge”

    D. Wash tries buying 2 years time. What is the average player time in the NFL? Gosh, he hopes to put off his troubles for as long as the 3.2(NFLPA Exec. Director Demaurice Smith) years most players exist in the NFL. You’d think a smart guy like that(or was it the low down snakes smarts) couldn’t ever find himself in such stupid trouble.

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