First he was kicked off the FSU football team, then arrested, and arrested again. Wednesday, the eight-month long saga came to an end, as former FSU quarterback Adrian McPherson signed his name to a plea deal Wednesday morning.
McPherson plead no contest to all charges this and the judge withheld adjudication. Whether it's enough to convince the NCAA to allow him to play football again is yet to be seen.
After months of legal wrangling and a hung jury in his gambling trial, Adrian McPherson plead no contest Wednesday to felony grand theft and worthless check charges, and to a misdemeanor gambling charge.
"I'm just relieved it's all over. I'm ready to go back to school, just move on with my life," Adrian said.
McPherson will not have to serve any jail time, but he's been placed on 30 months probation. He'll have to do 90 days in the Sheriff's work camp and he must pay restitution for the check taken from R&R Trucking, as well as those that bounced at two Publix grocery stores.
McPherson is planning to go back to school in the fall. Whether he'll play college football again is still unclear. The NCAA has suggested McPherson do 25 hours of community
Service going to colleges and talking to students about gambling, but it hasn't said whether it'll allow him to play ball again in return.
"I want to play badly, but if I can't, there's something else I'll do. Like I said, hopefully I'll get a chance and I'm looking forward to it," said Adrian.
The fact the judge withheld adjudication in McPherson's case is especially important. It means if McPherson completes the terms of his probation, he won't have any felony or misdemeanor convictions on his record.