Leonard Fournette had a sophomore slump on and off the field in his second NFL season, and his third season isn’t off to a great start.
The Jacksonville Jaguars running back was arrested Thursday afternoon for a number of motor vehicle issues.
Fournette was first pulled over for speeding and charged with knowingly driving with a suspended or revoked license. He also had improper window tint on his side and rear windows, according to a police report.
His license was suspended due to a speeding ticket he received in November 2018. Back then, Fournette received a citation for driving 12 mph over the speed limit — which resulted in a $204 fine.
However, court records show that Fournette never paid the fine and it was sent to a collections agency on March 18.
Fournette never paid the $204 fine, but he did pay a $1,508 bond to be released from Duval County Jail after Thursday’s arrest. The running back spent fewer than 30 minutes locked up.
BREAKING: #Jaguars star running back Leonard Fournette has been arrested after a traffic violation. This is exclusive video as we saw him get booked at Duval County jail around 2:30pm today; stems from a November citation in Neptune Beach, which police say he didn’t pay. @wjxt4 pic.twitter.com/6AebuVKITA
— Vic Micolucci WJXT (@WJXTvic) April 11, 2019
TMZ Sports has video of Fournette being arrested and handcuffed at a car wash in Jacksonville. Warning: The video contains adult language.
The Jags issued a statement on Fournette’s arrest and said they are “aware of the situation involving running back Leonard Fournette and are continuing to gather more information. No further comment will be provided at this time.”
Fournette’s arrest comes just weeks after Tom Coughlin, Jags executive VP of Football Operations, said he had “full confidence” in him after a disappointing second year.
“With Leonard, a prepared Leonard coming into camp with a mindset that he discussed and we talked about … I have full confidence in him,” Coughlin said.
“He does have some things he’s got to prove when he comes back about his preparation, but he’s a young, young player, he loves football, had an outstanding year, had a very disappointing year, and I think he wants to — we want him to be a great player and I think he’s in the same mindset.”
Coughlin’s comments stem from Fournette running into issues last year that lasted throughout the season.
He came into training camp in poor shape and struggled with injuries all year. He missed six full games and parts of two other games with a hamstring injury.
He was also suspended one game for leaving the bench during an on-field fight on Nov. 25. After the season ended, the Jags said they were voiding the guaranteed money on Fournette’s contract as punishment for the fight.
Fournette was also caught on video yelling at a fan and telling him he was going to “beat your a–.” Fournette said his comments were in relation to the fan using a racial slur, which a teammate later corroborated.
Fournette rushed for 439 yards in 2018 after rushing for more than 1,000 yards as a rookie.
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