Ex-Cowboy Lockhart sentenced to 4 ½ years in jail

Ex-Cowboy Lockhart sentenced to 4 ½ years in jail

DALLAS (AP) With several ex-Cowboys sitting in the courtroom gallery, a federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former linebacker Eugene Lockhart Jr. to 4 1/2 years in prison for his admitted role in using fraudulent mortgage papers to swindle home lenders out of millions and potential home buyers out of their credit.

Lockhart pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Nine others indicted have already been sentenced.

U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis listened to pleas from Hall of Famer Randy White and fellow ex-Cowboy Kevin Smith, but in the end, Lockhart's fame from his playing days appeared to hurt more than help. Solis pointed out that he had heard from several victims who were taken in by Lockhart businesses named after the Cowboys and ``America's Team.'' Some victims had their lives ruined, he said.

``You can deny it all you want to, but I heard the testimony,'' the judge added.

Lockhart admitted to being part of an effort to use fraudulent loan paperwork to deceive mortgage lenders while buying homes in the Dallas area. Prosecutors say some of Lockhart's co-defendants recruited potential home buyers with bonuses and promises of help with their mortgage payments.

Solis sentenced Lockhart before a courtroom packed with family members, friends and ex-Cowboys, including White and team legends Ed ``Too Tall'' Jones and Drew Pearson.

White and others spoke in support of Lockhart and described him as a warm and generous but not a good businessman. White said he had known Lockhart for three decades. Several people in the audience laughed when he talked about their days playing for famed Cowboys ex-coach Tom Landry.

Solis did not. He stared silently at White without any reaction.

Later, as he sentenced Lockhart, Solis brought up the victims he had heard testify earlier.

``Mr. Lockhart, because of his name, was able to bring in clients'' who were then misled, Solis said. He added about Wednesday's audience, ``Of course, these folks don't know that.''

Lockhart was drafted by the Cowboys in 1984 and played seven seasons for the team, earning the nickname ``Mean Gene'' for his physical play. After his playing career ended, Lockhart sometimes wouldn't show up for work until the early afternoon, said John Villarreal, a friend and former business partner.

``He is a football player,'' Villarreal said. ``That's what he likes to do, and did very well.''

Lockhart's attorney, Jay Ethington, called his client a ``figurehead'' whose name was misused by smarter people. And Lockhart himself apologized, saying he had stepped into a game in which he didn't understand all the rules - and then didn't speak up when he saw wrongdoing.

``It looked good, the money looked good, and I fell into it,'' Lockhart said.

Prosecutor David Jarvis called on Solis not to give Lockhart a ``special break'' due to his playing days.

``Borrower after borrower after borrower, their credit was ruined,'' Jarvis said.

Ethington argued that his client had severe health problems and could not remember all the details about the scheme for authorities due to seven concussions suffered during his playing days. But Solis dismissed that claim.

``I'm not convinced, frankly,'' Solis said.

Ethington - who had asked for Solis to consider home confinement so Lockhart could get more medical treatment - said after court that he thought Lockhart's fame hurt the case.

``He had this celebrity status that really shouldn't enter into it,'' Ethington said.

Lockhart declined to comment after the hearing. Solis ordered him to report to prison Jan. 16.

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.


Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy


5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live


Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 



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You can see why players get along with Jay Gruden so well in these Mic'd Up segments

You can see why players get along with Jay Gruden so well in these Mic'd Up segments

Most coaches would've let it go. In fact, plenty wouldn't have even noticed. But Jay Gruden couldn't resist.

He just had to get on Quinton Dunbar for his cutoff practice pants.

"The pants gotta be over the knees, didn't you see the uniform code violation?" Gruden barked at Dunbar while mic'd up in Richmond (the first full segment is above). "He's the least swag guy you guys got on defense and I'm just trying to help him out," he later told Deshazor Everett when Everett tried to stand up for Dunbar.

Numerous players bring up how easy Gruden is to get along with when they're prompted to evalute the 'Skins' fifth-year headman. And over the course of just one training camp session, there were a handful of examples backing that up.

There's Gruden telling Jamison Crowder to cheer up ("You always look so grouchy all the time, man"). He then hops over to check in on Morgan Moses, who just added a new baby to his family, before predicting the right tackle will end up with enough kids to fill up two starting offensive lines. 

He even gets along with former members of his team; in Part 2 of his Mic'd Up, he strolls up to now-Jet Spencer Long, quizzes him on New York's offense and then hits Long with, "Ours is better, right?"

Now's the time a certain amount of you especially angry Internet users will starting typing your HE SHOULD STOP JOKING AROUND, YOU SEE BELICHICK DOING THIS CRAP? comments. And, of course, being friendly has no influence on winning in the NFL.

But every person with a job knows that it's much easier to work with a boss that you enjoy being around as opposed to one you try to avoid being around at all costs. You can point to certain areas where Gruden needs to improve, but the fact that he treats each player — from established star to offseason longshot — equally is one place he's excellent in.

Another place he's excellent in? Rightfully calling out those who are wearing pants that are far too short.