Masoli Gets Probation; Lied To Kelly About Crime

UPDATE (5:25p ET): KOIN-TV reports that Masoli denied his involvement in the burglary he admitted to committing today to Oregon Coach Chip Kelly and Eugene Police:

Jeremiah Masoli arraigned in Lane County Court

(Masoli at his court appearance in Eugene today)

In an affidavit just provided to KOIN, Eugene police officer Julie Smith said that when she interviewed Masoli the day after the incident (Jan. 25), he denied being there.

Smith also said she spoke with head coach Chip Kelly on Feb. 2 and he said Masoli told him (Kelly) that he wasn’t at the fraternity house on the night of the incident.

That news may well have a significant impact on the discipline Masoli receives from Oregon football Coach Chip Kelly.

KOIN-TV in Eugene reports that today in Lane County Courthouse, Oregon Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and former Ducks player Garrett Embry each pleaded guilty to misdemeanor second degree burglary.

The presiding judge ordered both to pay restitution - in 10 days or less - of the property they stole from an Oregon fraternity house on Jan. 24. Both men were also sentenced to probation.

The PORTLAND OREGONIAN has details of the sentence:

They both will get 12 months probation, be ordered to serve 140 hours of community service within eight months and owe a restitution of more than $5,000 due in 10 days. They are to report to jail within three weeks to report for community service. They also have been ordered to have no contact with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Meanwhile, LaMichael James reported to jail this afternoon after being sentenced to 10 days in lockup by a judge this morning.

James, who pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of harassment, will not serve any time because of overcrowding at the jail. The new of James’ release was confirmed by John Canzano of the PORTLAND OREGONIAN.

The Oregonian also noted that James will like get community service instead of confinement.

So what does this mean for the football careers of Masoli and James at Oregon? James is likely to get off with a lighter punishment, but due to the inconsistency of Chip Kelly’s discipline of players in the past, there’s no point in speculating beyond that.