against the grain
If the deal would have avoided NFL sanctions, and his record would have been cleared after a year, he rejected it because......... why? Maybe he thinks he's innocent? Or maybe the agreement was in force and he stopped complying?Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green has rejected a deal with prosecutors and will go to trial next month to fight a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. “Mr. Green maintains his innocence and is prepared to proceed to trial,” Jackson Main, one of his lawyers, said Tuesday.Green, 29 , did not appear in Brown County Circuit Court. Tuesday’s hearing was a status conference with Circuit Court Judge Richard Dietz on a proposed continuance agreement. That deal said if Green stayed out of trouble for one year, completed violence counseling and performed 100 hours of community service, prosecutors would dismiss a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge pending since May 10. Green withdrew from the agreement late last year, Main said. A one-day trial is set for March 22.Green was arrested April 25 after an argument with his wife, Heather, at their Ledgeview home. Heather Green called 911 after her husband began slamming doors, punching pillows and yelling at her. Green took the phone away from his wife and hung it up, according to the criminal complaint. When 911 operators tried to re-establish contact, Green repeatedly hung up the phone. He was arrested and briefly jailed. He later filed for divorce, but the couple reconciled. On Dec. 22, he withdrew the divorce papers.Robert Janssen, who also represents Green, said his client wanted a trial date as soon as possible. “He wants to get this over with,” Janssen said. If convicted, Green could be fined $1,000 and face up to 90 days in jail.The continuance agreement, which would have held the case open for a year, had been crafted to avoid potential sanctions from the National Football League.