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Nick Moody defies court order in Florida

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SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 29: Nick Moody #54 of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the field prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 29, 2013 in San Diego, California. The 49ers defeated the Chargers 41-6. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nick Moody

Michael Zagaris

NFL players are now regularly giving the finger to the Florida criminal justice system.

In the same month that Rams running back Tre Mason failed to show up for an arraignment in connection with marijuana possession charges and more (Mason later appeared), free-agent linebacker Nick Moody disregarded a court order in connection with charges pending against Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith. As explained by David Ovalle of the Miami Herald, a judge has issued an arrest warrant after Moody didn’t appear at a hearing aimed at ensuring he would travel to California to testify in Smith’s case.

“I’m stunned that Mr. Moody defied the court’s direct order to appear today,” Miami-Dade prosecutor Christine Zahralban told the judge, per Ovalle.

Moody has reportedly vanished, ignoring email messages, text messages, and phone calls from prosecutors in California and Florida. Moody was with Smith on a day that culminated in charges of drunk driving and leaving the scene of a car crash being filed against Smith, at a time when both men played for the 49ers. The trial against Smith is due to begin on May 2.

If Moody is tracked down, he could be held in custody until he testifies. He also faces the possibility of a contempt of court charge.

There’s currently no reason to believe Smith has had any role in persuading Moody to disappear from the proverbial grid. If such evidence ever surfaces, Smith would potentially face separate charges.