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Former Huskies Star In Legal Trouble (Again)

Posted by Coleen D. St. Clair | Apr 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Former University of Washington Huskies star and first round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks, Jerramy Stevens is in trouble with the law, again. He was pulled over in Manhattan Beach, California in the early morning hours of January 19, 2015 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. In mid-March, he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

His wife, superstar goalie of the U.S. women's national soccer team, Hope Solo was in the vehicle with him at the time of the stop. She has been suspended from the national team for exercising poor judgment by getting in the car with Stevens and arguing with police during his stop. For Stevens, the incident marks yet another legal incident out of several throughout his rocky career.

Jerramy Stevens was a high school sports legend in his hometown of Lacey, just outside Olympia. His accolades on the field, however, contrasted the allegations about his conduct off the field. In June 1998, he and a classmate were accused of hitting another student over the head with a baseball bat and stomping on his face while he was on the ground. Initially charged with felony assault, Stevens eventually pled to a misdemeanor and was released for time served on house arrest. The arrest did not affect his football scholarship offer from the University of Washington

Stevens went on to star as a receiver for the Washington Huskies. He attended the Seattle university and played for the Huskies football team from 1998 to 2001. His achievements while a member of the football team included winning the 2000 Rose Bowl and being named to the 2000 All-Pac 10 second team. His troubles off the field, however, followed his continued on-the-field success. In July 2000, Stevens was arrested under allegations of sexual assault at a fraternity party, and in May 2001, Stevens was charged with reckless driving and hit and run after he crashed his vehicle into a retirement home. The charges against him for the sexual assault were eventually dropped and he pleaded guilty to hit-and-run and causing property damage and was given a suspended sentence and probation for the car accident.

The local football star was the Seattle Seahawk's number one draft pick in the 2002 NFL draft, despite concerns over his past legal troubles. Stevens played five seasons with the Seahawks, from 2002 to 2006, helping the Seahawks reach the 2006 Super Bowl. These years also brought an additional arrest for DUI and reckless driving in Medina.

Since leaving Seattle, Stevens football career dwindled while his legal problems increased. He played four seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after leaving Seattle, before his NFL playing career ended after the 2010 season. His legal troubles since leaving the Emerald City include two more DUI arrests, a charge for possession of marijuana, a felony battery charge, and a domestic violence arrest involving his then girlfriend Hope Solo.

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Coleen D. St. Clair

Ms. St. Clair is a former senior prosecuting attorney with over 25 years experience handling criminal cases. She has successfully handled tens of thousands of criminal and DUI cases with remarkable results.

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