Soon after the 2012 NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals signed Arkansas State defensive end Brandon Joiner, who generated at least a partial sack during ten of his final 12 games in college, was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference First-Team and awarded as the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Now that NFL career is going to wait.
According to ArkansasSports360.com, Joiner was sentenced to three years in prison for "his role in a 2007 robbery." According to TheEagle.com:
Brandon H.W. Joiner, 23, of Killeen, was indicted for two counts of aggravated robbery and one charge of felony drug possession in January 2008, about a month after police said he and another former A&M player broke into a College Station apartment and robbed a drug dealer at gunpoint.
The posting continues:
According to court documents, Joiner and Yemi Babalola — who was sentenced to five years in prison for the incident in 2009 and released on parole in December 2011 — forced their way into an apartment and punched one of the male residents in the face before ordering him and another man to the ground.
Joiner and Babalola used duct tape to bind the man before taking off with wallets, keys, cellphones and marijuana, the police report stated.
Jay Granberry, Joiner's defense attorney, said that "he expects his client could be released on parole after six to nine months in prison."
Joiner was an unlikely candidate to make the 2012 Cincinnati Bengals squad as it was; we're fairly more confident with that assessment today than we were earlier this week.