Running back Jonas Gray isn’t on a roster right now, but the former Patriots back was recently jailed and released in Tampa for allegedly failing to pay his child support.
“The 27-year-old former Notre Dame star was in Hillsborough County jail for failure to pay child support,” reported Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. “After a ‘cash purge’ of $7,924, Gray was released at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, 17 hours after turning himself in. The petitioner in his paternity case is Kourtney Pina, 33, of Riverview, who had a child with Gray in Oct. 2015 and filed a paternity notice in May 2016. The case has progressed in the courts for the past 18 months, and while it’s unknown how much child support was due, the court will hold someone in jail on a ‘cash purge’ until a determined amount owed is paid in lieu of bond. Under threat of 30 days in jail, Gray paid the $7,924 and was released.”
Gray has 588 rushing yards, 671 total yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns in his career. He only recorded stats in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He didn’t play last season and didn’t look set to play this year, either.
That in its own right is a huge fall from the headlines. In 2014, with the Patriots, Gray exploded in a November game against the Indianapolis Colts. He came out of nowhere to run for 201 yards and an astounding four touchdowns. His picture was chosen for the cover of Sports Illustrated. It appeared the sky was the limit for the young back.
In reality, he had just posted the majority of his career statistics – his scoring stats, anyway – in one day. Much of it may have to do with him being late for practice on the Friday after that game. The Patriots aren’t known for allowing that type of thing to go unchecked, and they deactivated him. He saw very limited action for the rest of the season, didn’t play in the Super Bowl, and then got cut.
The New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers play each other on Thursday Night Football.
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