Judge fines Abraham, suspends license

Updated: October 7, 2003, 2:21 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- New York Jets defensive lineman John Abraham pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge of driving while impaired and will avoid the jail time he could have faced if convicted of driving drunk.

Under a deal with prosecutors, Abraham's driver's license was suspended for 90 days and he was fined $330.

Abraham was arrested Oct. 1 after driving his sport utility vehicle into a fire hydrant and light pole. He and two passengers were not injured.

He originally was charged with driving while intoxicated after police measured his blood-alcohol level at 0.26 percent, more than three times the legal limit. The charge carries a sentence of up to one year in jail.

Abraham did not make a statement in court Tuesday or speak to reporters afterward.

"He really wants to get this behind him," Abraham's lawyer, Brian Davis, told The New York Times.

Abraham, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, also has agreed to undergo alcohol counseling.

Abraham is expected to return to practice Wednesday. The team has not decided whether to penalize him.

However, the Newark Star-Ledger reported Tuesday that Edwards will likely deactivate Abraham for Sunday's game against Buffalo.

Edwards asked the league what his options for penalizing Abraham are, the paper reported. He was informed that a team cannot fine or suspend a player for a drug or alcohol incident, as that is an action only the league can take.

Edwards has the power to decide whether to play Abraham or not. He told the Star-Ledger that he won't make any announcements until game-time Sunday.

Abraham was a first-round draft pick in 2000 -- one of a record four the Jets had that year -- and has been the team's most consistent defender the last two years, when he made the Pro Bowl.

In 2001, he had 13 sacks among his 82 tackles and the Jets made the playoffs. Last season, he had 10 sacks, again in 82 tackles, and the team won the AFC East.

This season, he has 2½ sacks.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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