Why has an arrest warrant been issued for Los Angeles Charges cornerback J.C. Jackson?
Having apparently failed to learn from his previous brush with the law, the under-fire Chargers cornerback is now definitely in trouble. What comes next?
The Los Angeles Chargers have had a rough few days. After the team lost wide receiver Mike Williams on Sunday due to what appears to have been a season-ending knee injury, it now faces further issues with another player, except it’s for off-field reasons and they’re not good at all.
Arrest warrant issued for Chargers’ J.C. Jackson
If you’re a Los Angeles Chargers fan, then you probably noticed that on Sunday, J.C. Jackson was a healthy scratch for the Chargers lineup, meaning he missed the team’s 28-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3. That fact raised a few eyebrows of course considering the idea that Jackson recently signed an $82.5 million contract to lead Los Angeles’ secondary. Yet, what really turned heads is the fact that on Monday, reports indicated that police are now looking for the 27-year-old after an arrest warrant was issued that same day.
Regarding why the former Pro-Bowler is being sought by law enforcement officials, it’s understood that Jackson was charged with criminal speeding in 2021, and subsequently ordered to take a class for reckless drivers. Not only did he reportedly fail to attend and complete the course, but he also declined to pay the $300 fine, while refusing to follow the terms of his probation. Last but not least, Jackson did not attend a recent Massachusetts court hearing, at which point the warrant for his arrest was issued.
J.C. Jackson has been unlucky but hasn’t done himself favors
Truth be told, Jackson has seen his share of trouble both on and off the field over the last few years. This after all is a player who led the NFL with nine interceptions in 2020 after going undrafted out of Maryland in 2018. Indeed, after entering the league with the New England Patriots, he made his name known as he registered a total of 25 picks across the four years that he spent with the team. Logically, it was on the back of that success that Jackson secured a lucrative free-agent deal with the Chargers ahead of the 2022 campaign.
Sadly, an ankle surgery cost him the start of his Los Angeles debut, and even worse, he struggled when he finally returned to the field which resulted in his benching during Week 6 action in October last year. Things didn’t get better either, as the next time he got into the lineup he suffered a season-ending patellar tendon injury, and as a result, could only take the field on five occasions before the end of the season. With that, 2023 was supposed to be a year in which he turned it around having finally secured a starting spot once more. Of course, with the Chargers arguably one of the worst defenses in the league, his deactivation prior to Sunday’s game was not necessarily shocking. His trouble with the law, however, very much is. Watch this space.