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Sergio Kindle spent time in treatment, gets two years probation

Sergio Kindle

Baltimore Ravens top raft pick linebacker Sergio Kindle (49) runs a drill uring rookie football mini-camp, Friday, May 7, 2010 in Owings Mills, Md.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)


As expected, Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle pleaded guilty to a DUI charge on Tuesday afternoon.

He didn’t receive any jail time, in part because he spent five days last week at the “Right Turn of Maryland” facility, which is an alcohol and drug treatment center.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Kindle was also ordered to abstain from alcohol. He must continue to attend one to two self-help meetings a week.

Alcohol has been a problem for Kindle dating back to his days at the University of Texas, where he got a DUI and crashed a car. The NFL has classified Kindle as a “stage two” offender of its drug and alcohol policy, according to Kindle’s lawyer. (Yes, that’s usually classified information.)

The NFL can’t subject Kindle to random alcohol tests during the lockout, but it may discipline him after the lockout ends.

UPDATE: Here’s a discussion from Florio and’s John Eisenberg on Kindle’s future from PFT Live Tuesday.