Last November Michigan dismissed defensive end Frank Clark following an arrest related to an alleged domestic assault. Today Clark reached a plea deal that reduced a charge for domestic violence down to disorderly conduct. A charge for assault was also dropped as part of the agreement.
Clark was arrested in Sandusky, Ohio last November and charged with misdemeanor assault and domestic violence as a result of an altercation with his girlfriend. This landed Clark in jail for three days. The charge for assault was dropped at a request of the prosecutor, but he was ordered to pay a $350 in mandated court costs and an additional $70 for the dropped assault charge. He was sentenced to three days in jail but was let off with time served for his previous time spent behind bars.
The former Wolverine player is now off on probation. Now he is hoping to catch the eye of an NFL franchise, as he now is eligible to take his football career to the league. Clark recently attended the NFL Scouting Combine and MLive.com reports he has multiple workouts with NFL franchises scheduled leading up to the draft. How much this off-field drama will affect his stock remains up for debate. The NFL has certainly attempted to address the issue of domestic violence with its players and took the initiative with a PR campaign to focus attention on talking about the issue, but there are still opportunities given to those with talent around the league.
Clark may not have a domestic assault on his record now, but those paying attention to the headlines will still proceed with some caution.