Former Michigan State Spartans star and NFL Draft second round pick Malik McDowell received his jail sentence today.
McDowell, 23, was sentenced to 11 months in jail and given three years of probation after pleading guilty to a series of crimes committed earlier this year.
The former Big Ten standout was arrested in February and charged with assault, resisting arrest and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, after fighting with two officers following a DUI stop. In April, he was arrested after being found in possession of a stolen Ford F-150 Raptor. He was charged with receiving and concealing stolen property.
McDowell was sentenced to 153 days in jail over the February incident and the drunken driving offense, with credit for 66 days served, and received another 244 days for the April incident.
The judge also ordered McDowell to write essays ranging from “750 to 1,000 words on finding meaning in life other than committing crimes, the importance of respecting the rule of law, the principles of the Declaration of Independence and how his behavior undermined them, and the importance of respecting property rights,” per ESPN.
Ex-Hawk McDowell sentenced to 11 mos. in jail https://t.co/au7C8T0CoK
— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) November 14, 2019
McDowell, the No. 35 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, never played a down in the NFL. He was in a serious ATV accident three months after getting drafted.