Drawing crude penises on someone’s face when they’re passed out? Funny prank. Wrapping someone’s dorm room in aluminum foil while they’re at class? Funny prank. Pulling a gun on a cashier at a Check N Go? Well, that’s less of a funny prank, according to the Jacksonville Police Department, and more “felony.”
Former FSU linebacker Bradley Jennings must not have gotten that memo in time, unfortunately; as you can tell by the morose mugshot above, Mr. Jennings was trying to pull a prank, and he chose… poorly. So even as he told the cashier it was all a joke and apologized before the cops showed up, he was still arrested yesterday for aggravated assault.
A police report said a man wearing black clothing and gloves and a white mask entered a Check ‘n Go store in the 8600 block of South Old Kings Road shortly before 7 p.m. Oct. 30. He pointed what looked like a shotgun at the clerk and demanded the money in the register.
The robbery ended when the man asked for the contents of the safe. The clerk told the gun-wielding intruder that she’d have to call a manager to get the safe open, the report said.
That’s when he took his mask off and said it was all a joke. He ran out the exit, but came back five minutes later to apologize.
His lawyer, Reginald Estell Jr., said he was acquainted with the clerk and was just having some ill-advised fun.
“He wasn’t seeking to harm anyone, he had a fake gun and he didn’t take the money,” Estell said. “It was a bad-idea prank.”
You’re damned right it was a bad idea. The aggravated assault charge probably won’t hold up; as Estell points out, he never had any money and ended it the way a bad pranker would. That all said, he’s probably not walking away scot-free either; we see a plea deal lurking somewhere here.
Moreover, it’s an especially bad idea since the Duval County Schools spokeswoman told reporters that Jennings would be recommended to the school board for termination over the incident; he was an assistant coach for the Mandarin High football team prior to the arrest.
What sucks even more about that, then, is that Jennings is losing his job over a disciplinary issue (i.e. no unemployment benefits), right while he’s undergoing foreclosure proceedings with Bank of America. But then, that’s probably why he was in a check cashing store and testing his mettle with a gunpoint robbery to begin with, right?