In the coming weeks, scores of college players across the nation will face criminal charges. On Thursday, at least one of them — New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore — took a pay cut to make it happen.
On Wednesday, Mr. Gilmore appeared in court in Massachusetts on a charge of impaired driving stemming from an incident last year in Miami. The 22-year-old Mr. Gilmore was suspended for the first four games of the season after pleading guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct.
Mr. Gilmore’s agent, Michael A. Cravens, said the veteran cornerback “had a regrettable incident that resulted in some personal charges for him last year. He entered into a plea agreement, which he entered in November, which was offered to him by the Miami authorities. He did not spend any time in jail and the court ultimately dismissed the charges against him.”
He added: “He is committed to accountability and has grown and matured from the incident. He looks forward to continuing his career with the Patriots.”
Mr. Gilmore was a projected starter this season for the Patriots. The team released cornerback Eric Rowe and signed him in August after he was unable to crack the team’s starting lineup. Mr. Rowe, 26, was arrested for driving under the influence in Philadelphia in August, though he was not charged with a crime.
On Thursday, the state of Maine said it would ban Mr. Gilmore from collecting income derived from New England, according to the Boston Globe. State law prohibits athletes from being allowed to collect income when they have a conviction for a crime.
Mr. Gilmore was drafted in the first round by the Buffalo Bills in 2016, and signed a $65 million contract in March 2017. He was signed by the Patriots in May.