Michigan State running back L.J. Scott was arrested Wednesday and charged with driving on a suspended license, the Lansing State Journal reports. The paper counts it as the seventh time Scott has faced that or a similar charge, which is a lot of times.
Scott is the Spartans’ No. 1 running back by both carry load and yardage, and his three touchdowns are tied for the most on the team. They host Indiana on Saturday in East Lansing, and they’ve figured to lean heavily on Scott during their stretch run in the Big Ten East. It seems he’s not being suspended, at least now now:
Michigan State RB LJ Scott “now has valid driver's license” & "status will be affected Saturday but he will play” said Mark Dantonio— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) October 20, 2017
The six previous instances of Scott facing license charges in either Michigan or his home state of Ohio, per the State Journal:
- A February 2016 charge for driving on a suspended license, which was later dropped
- A March 2016 misdemeanor charge for driving without a license, for which Scott was found guilty and paid a fine
- An April 2016 charge for driving without a valid license, which was later dismissed
- A July 2016 charge for driving on a suspended license, which was dropped
- A March 2017 charge for driving on a suspended license, also dismissed
- A July 2017 charge for driving on a suspended license, while Scott “ultimately pleaded no contest to the lesser charge of driving without a valid license, court records show.”
All of those cases had more particulars, which the State Journal covers in detail.
But anyway: Seven license charges is a lot of license charges. Scott has crammed into a period of about 20 months what most drivers will not cram into a lifetime of being on the roads.
More detail from the paper:
The charge carries up to a year in jail if Scott is convicted because he has at least one prior conviction on the same charge, which is typically a 93-day misdemeanor.
Scott could not be reached Thursday. A message left seeking comment from James Heos, Scott's attorney, was not immediately returned.