CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois football player Jarrod "Chunky" Clements has signed a second chance misdemeanor agreement after being charged with battery in April.
On March 4, police were called to a campus party because of a fight involving several people. Upon reviewing video of the incident, police recognized Clements as well as other people of interest and filed the charges on April 28.
A warrant for Clements' arrest, however, was never served. The charges were filed against Clements on April 28 but he was never served a warrant for his arrest. He was given a May 20 court date, which he missed because he was not aware of it.
After he became aware of the charges filed against him, Clements hired Evan Bruno, who recently represented former and current Illini basketball players Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate in domestic battery cases.
"I became involved after the court date had come and gone," Bruno said. "He was wanting to address the case and do whatever he needed to do to move past it. He has been as motivated as anyone I've ever worked with to get beyond it."
Clements was told what the charges were on June 3 and signed a misdemeanor second chance agreement, which will erase the charges from his record as long as he complies with certain requirements such as public service, that day. Clements was released on his own recognizance but had to come into the Champaign County Jail on Monday to be put into the system, though he spent no time in jail.
"It's like a pro forma arrest," Bruno said. "They take fingerprints, a photo and put him into the court's bond system, essentially."
Clements has a June 24 court date to resolve the case.
As a junior in 2015, Clements was 11th on the team with 31 tackles, including 1/2 sack. The defensive tackle is a projected starter in Lovie Smith's first season as head coach.
Clements will not be suspended, DIA spokesman Kent Brown said.
"We are aware of the incident from several months ago involving Jarrod Clements, and I am disappointed in Jarrod's actions. He has already begun working toward fulfilling the community service hours that were assigned to him by the court. We will reinforce to Jarrod the expectations we have of him as a student-athlete," said Smith in a statement released to The News-Gazette.