Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth likes to drive fast, and he’s about to pay for it.
Werth was found guilty of reckless driving on Friday and was sentenced to 10 days in jail. Five months ago, he was pulled over after Virginia highway patrol clocked him doing 105 in his Porsche in a 55 mph zone.
50 mph over? New high score.
Werth’s drivers license was also suspended for 170 days, but Nats fans don’t need to worry.
I’m pretty sure he doesn’t need a license to drive balls out of the park.
According to his attorney, Werth plans to appeal his conviction, and to be honest, I hope he’s exonerated.
I’m not totally sure of the precedent here, but jailing someone for speeding — for less than a quarter mile — seems a little excessive to me.
Strike that. I AM sure of the precedent. Defense Attorney Brandon Harold pointed out to The Washington Post that, “typically, a jury does not give jail time in cases involving a defendant driving at a high-rate of speed.”
This whole conviction is just part of the media’s witch hunt against athletes. Even the cop who pulled him over is in on it. In court, he told the jury, “Speed kills and does not discern what he or she does for a living… [Werth] was pressing his luck.”
The whole “just because he can hit a ball really far doesn’t mean he gets special treatment yadda, yadda, yadda” spiel is getting old. JUST BECAUSE HE’S AN ATHLETE doesn’t mean you can publicly execute him.
Darren Wilson killed a guy, and he’s not going to jail.
Werth was speeding. Write him a ticket and get over it.