Muhammad Wilkerson rejects plea deal over DWI
Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson made his latest appearance in court Monday regarding a DWI incident from June.
Wilkerson, 29, who played for the Packers last year, was offered a plea deal for the incident, which his attorney Alex Spiro said was “telling.” The deal would lay just a $500 fine on Wilkerson while also requiring the defensive end to attend an impaired driver program and agree to a 90-day suspension of his driver’s licence.
His trial date has been set for September 3, just before the start of the regular season.
In case you missed it, Wilkerson was allegedly intoxicated while driving a Rolls Royce in Washington Heights in the early morning hours of June 1, according to NYPD. He was pulled over after rolling through a stop sign near and police initially planned to issue a routine traffic ticket before realizing he was under the influence.
He told police he had “a shot and two beers” after blowing a .09, just over the legal limit.
Wilkerson spent seven seasons with with the Jets, drafted by Gang Green in the first round, before being cut. He was then given a one-year, $5 million contract by Green Bay in March 2018.
The former Pro Bowler only played three games with the Packers last season before fracturing his ankle in a Week 3 matchup against Washington, forcing him to undergo season-ending surgery.
Wilkerson and the Packers were reportedly both interested in a 2019 reunion back in March, but that has not materialized. Clearly, this arrest and legal proceeding could further complicate Wilkerson’s job hunt.