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James Wilder Jr. returns to team, practice

James Wilder Jr. AP

A little over a month after getting busted with a pair of felony charges stemming from an incident where he resisted arrest, Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. is back with the team and is expected to practice today, Wilder’s attorney said.

Wilder pleaded no contest to a reduced misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence Wednesday morning and has been sentenced to six months probation, as well as nine days of work camp. Additionally, Wilder must take anger management courses, write a letter of apology to the officer involved and pay $225 in fees/court costs.

But all in all, it looks like Wilder’s legal issue is behind him.

“He is excited, he is excited to get back on the field,” Wilder’s attorney Tim Jansen said Wednesday, adding it was “his understanding” that Wilder would be back practicing with the team today. And, indeed, that was the case, as coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed the reinstatement after Wednesday’s drills.

According to the police report, officers originally came to Wilder’s apartment on Feb. 21 in search of the running back’s girlfriend, Bianca Camarda, who had failed to appear in court. It was when officers began the process of arresting Camarda that Wilder allegedly became involved in the process. Accounts initially varied on what actually happened, but Wilder allegedly accidentally bumped into one of the arresting officers while trying to show him a message on a cell phone regarding Camarda.

“We’ve said from the very beginning that it was a miscommunication,” Jansen said. “James, his only role was to try and let the officer know that the lawyer had messed up his girlfriend’s case. While in the meantime trying to portray that information and show a text to the officer and the officer felt threatened. He apologized, he knew from the very beginning that he probably should not have interfered, but it was an emotional thing.”

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8 Responses to “James Wilder Jr. returns to team, practice”
  1. atxcane says: Apr 4, 2012 4:18 PM

    Wait, resisting arrest without violence is now a FELONY charge? Jesus.

  2. baywatchboy says: Apr 4, 2012 6:07 PM

    Read the story. It states…

    “He is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence, both felonies..”

    Glad to see FSU still loves giving athletes a second chance.

  3. seanb20124 says: Apr 4, 2012 6:08 PM

    Hope he can run like his pops

  4. jimmy53 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:09 PM

    baywatchboy—I love it when people who don’t read-up on a situation make smart a** comments. This man has NEVER been in trouble with the law, and they’ve been saying since the beginning that Wilder Jr. was trying to show the cop a text from his girlfriend’s probation officer and the cop overreacted–are you saying that doesn’t deserve a return to the team?! Meanwhile UF just let a player back on their team who threw his girlfriend down and tried to drag her out of the apartment by her hair. One of these deserves jail/banishment and one doesn’t…

  5. baywatchboy says: Apr 4, 2012 8:55 PM

    jimmy53

    I did read the article and that’s why I made the comment I did in regards to @atxcane’s comment. The original story stated why he was originally charged with two felonies. That person had it completely wrong. I don’t anything Florida because this is a post about FSU. Show me that thread and I’ll post a comment if that will make you happy.

    I wasn’t at said incident and I’m guessing you weren’t either. Do I know exactly what happened? No I don’t. Do I know Jr? Nope. Do I know if he has ever been in trouble with the law? Nope. What I do know is that his girlfriend was being arrested and he interfered. Having just a bit of common sense would tell you not to interfere or get in the way and never touch a cop (accidentally or not). There was a calmer, more reasonable way for him to handle the situation and he didn’t.

    It’s not up to me to decide if he should return to the team.

  6. ddmcd1974 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:45 PM

    Sometimes cops are pussies. If the account is true then this is a disgrace. It shows by going from felony to misdemeanor. Should be nothing. A bump by accident is in no way a crime. How many times does a cop put his hands on you without it being a charge. I’ve been pushed up against a car checked out and told to get on my way and nothing happens to the cop.

  7. jimmy53 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:48 PM

    Baywatchboy–congrats that was a measured and well thought out comment..unlike your previous one. I love that you are trying to come off sensible and well read when your first attempt was nothing but a cheap shot. Keep it up, maybe next time you’ll get it right on the first try.

  8. bigdinla says: Apr 5, 2012 10:31 AM

    LOL at the FSU fans acting like pleading NO CONTEST to both misdemeanor counts is something to be proud about. If he was as innocent as all of you Noles want to believe both counts would have been DROPPED. Another case of enabling at the hands of a college football coach.

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