John Kelly legal update: the Rams rookie running back pleaded guilty after his October arrest. Kelly and former Tennessee teammate Will Ignont were charged with marijuana possession back on October 24. The pair was suspended for UT’s game against Kentucky as a result.
Kelly was a breakout star for the Vols. He ran for 778 yards and nine touchdowns on the season, playing in 11 games. He also caught 37 passes for 299 yards.
He was one of the lone bright spots in a brutal season for Tennessee, which ultimately cost head coach Butch Jones his job. After the year, he elected to forego his senior season, and enter the NFL Draft.
The Los Angeles Rams took him in the sixth young. He is expected to be one of the main back-ups for star back Todd Gurley.
We now know the result of the John Kelly legal situation.
He is now on probation. He will also pay a fine and court costs, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel:
Kelly must pay a $250 fine and court costs. If Kelly fulfills the terms of his judicial diversion agreement during a probationary period of 11 months and 29 days, the guilty plea will be expunged from his record.
Tennessee linebacker Will Ignont was the passenger in the car Kelly was driving and faced a charge of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Ignont, who also appeared in court Tuesday, received a pass disposition and will have his charge dismissed with court costs assessed.
Without Kelly and Ignont, Tennessee lost to the Wildcats in that game, 29-26. With that loss, the Vols went to 0-5 on the SEC season.
Two weeks later, Missouri blasted Tennessee 50-17. Jones lost his job shortly thereafter.