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Raiders Sebastian Janikowski charged with battery

Posted on: September 16, 2011 9:23 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2011 2:28 pm
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Days after tying an NFL record, Janikowski was charged with battery. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson


UPDATE: Saturday, 9/17, via CBSSports.com's Rapid Reporter Eric Gilmore -- Raiders CEO Amy Trask’s statement regarding a report by the Contra Costa Times that Sebastian Janikowski has been charged with misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment against a woman: “This incident occurred over a year ago. Sebastian was not arrested, we were aware of this matter and this is not news.”

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In the Monday night season opener against the Broncos, Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski tied an NFL record when he converted a 63-yard field goal. On Friday, the Contra Costa Times reports that Janikowski was charged with misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment against a woman that allegedly took place last year, according to Walnut Creek Superior Court documents.

While circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear, the alleged victim, Syrena Nicholson, alleges that the Raiders kicker "did unlawfully violate (her) personal liberty" and "did willfully and unlawfully use force and violence upon (her) person" on September 24, 2010, in Walnut Creek, a town of approximately 64,000 located 16 miles northeast of Oakland.

According to the Times, attorneys for both parties were in court Thursday for a pretrial conference. A trial date hasn't been set but charges against Janikowski could result in a maximum of 18 months in jail and a $33,000 fine.

More details via the Times:
Janikowski, 33, a native of Poland, was arrested four times between 1998 and 2000, during his time at Florida State University -- three times in connection with barroom altercations. He pleaded no contest to one charge, was acquitted on another and charges were dropped on the third.

He also was arrested for underage alcohol possession, to which he pleaded no contest and paid $215 in court costs.

The Raiders selected Janikowski in the first round of the 2000 NFL draft. Shortly before reporting to training camp, he was arrested in Tallahassee, Fla., for possession of the date-rape drug GHB. He was acquitted in 2001.

He was arrested for reckless driving in June 2002, and for DUI four months later. He pleaded no contest to the latter and received three years probation. In 2003 he was arrested after a fight outside a Walnut Creek restaurant. The charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence.
The Raiders were traveling to Buffalo for Sunday's matchup with the Bills and were no immediately available for comment.

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Comments

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2011 11:33 am
 

Raiders Sebastian Janikowski charged with battery

Play on playa



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 11:28 am
 

Raiders Sebastian Janikowski charged with battery

If the charges are true, deportation is the only option. That was a very Polish move on his part.



Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 11:18 am
 

Raiders Sebastian Janikowski charged with battery

You must be a Denver fan that is upset with what happened in week 1!



Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2011 11:13 am
 

Raiders Sebastian Janikowski charged with battery

The woman just files the report now?  Statute of limitations must be 1 year.  Her time to make some $$$ was running out. 




Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 11:09 am
 

Raiders Sebastian Janikowski charged with battery

On skills I agree he is a 1st round pick.  He is potentially the best place kicker ever.  He will win a few games for Oakland in his career if he stays, and keep them in a lot more.   I still hope the hammer this guy.



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 11:04 am
 

Raiders Sebastian Janikowski charged with battery

True.  Also true is the fact that Janikowski is the best 1st rd pick the Raiders have made in 10 years.



Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 10:58 am
 

Raiders Sebastian Janikowski charged with battery

I don't care how good of a kicker he is, this guy needs to go to jail (and then get deported).   It is obvious he has no self control, and has anger issues at a minimum.  There is no doubt in my mind that he held this poor girl hostage and/or forced himself on her.  I am sure she is terrified for he safety.   This stuff may fly in Poland, but we should not tolerate it here.  Date rate drugs, holding an woman against her will, fights in bars and restaurants (and I am sure many more fights that weren't reported).  This guy is a menace to socitey.   Is it any surprise he is with the Raiders?  In the event he doesn't get deported and things get too hot in Oakland they could always trade him to Cincinnati.  



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2011 10:51 am
 

Raiders Sebastian Janikowski charged with battery

Right on nyj. My first thought? Hopefully he won't be suspende for the weekend.



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 10:49 am
 

Raiders Sebastian Janikowski charged with battery

This guy needs deported.  Date rape drug a few years ago and now this comes to light.  How many have not reported? He is a danger to all women.  Stay away from this polish rifle.



Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 10:43 am
 

Raiders Sebastian Janikowski charged with battery

When most people read the headline be honest your first thought was there goes
the greatest fantasy football kicker not what he actually did. 


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