Eagles Cut CB

24 11 2009

When your team has three injured players at your position and are picking up leftovers from the Detroit Lions, then utilizing them in games, you can probably assume your job is safe.  Jack Ikeguonu would have assumed incorrectly.  Greg Rosenthal is reporting that Ikeguonu has been cut by the team, check out the full article here.


Eagles Player On Trial

17 07 2009

by Michael DeLuca

Closing arguments are scheduled to be given today in the case against Philadelphia Eagles CB Jack Ikegwuonu. Ikegwuonu and his twin brother, Bill, were charged with residential burglary and criminal trespassing. The brothers claim to have just been looking for a party, despite the fact that Safyian Baba, who lived in the home, claims to have discovered them in his residence holding an XBOX (the old kind). Apparently, Bill  Ikegwuonu was an acquaintance of Baba’s roommate, Michael Britton. Bill claimed that the two had discussed going to a party earlier in the evening and that he was dropping by to see if Britton had finished work yet. Britton testified that he neither had plans with nor had spoken to either brother that evening. In a seperate trial, in April, Bill was (somehow) found not guilty.

Jack Ikegwuonu was selected in the fourth round, as the 131st overall selection out of Wisconsin by the Philadelphia Eagles. He missed the entire 2008 season with a knee injury that was suffered in pre-draft workouts.  Had he not been injured, he was expected to be a 2nd round pick.

Ikegwuonu has run into trouble on numerous occasions. Last November, a picture surfaced of him with a bong and prescription pills crushed into a powder (see below). Should he be found guilty of the burglary and trespassing chargers, the Eagles can expect to be without his services for at least another season.


Update:  According to Ikegwuonu’s agent Drew Rosenhaus’ Twitter page, Jack was found not guilty on all charges.  Here is Rosenhaus quote, “I’m happy for our client Jack Ikegwuonu who was acquitted of all charges filed against him. Justice prevailed as Jack was found not guilty.”


15 06 2009

Jack Ikegwuonu wants both his legal and his leg problems behind him, and it’s possible they could be in his rearview mirror by the time he arrives for the start of training camp late next month at Lehigh University.

The Eagles’ second-year cornerback is scheduled to finally get his day in court July 2 in DeKalb County, Ill., 35586where he and his twin brother, Bill, were charged with residential burglary and criminal trespass Nov. 26, 2006.

“It has lingered for a long time,” Ikegwuonu said after a workout last week at the NovaCare Complex. “We’ve been unfairly prosecuted for three years, and it’s really unfortunate that they decided to take this to court because no one but [the prosecutor] wanted to take it to court. It’s unfortunate that we got ourselves in this situation.”

Ikegwuonu is confident that he will be acquitted of the charges mainly because that was the result of his brother’s case in April.

“My brother’s case went extremely well, and my case is the same thing,” Ikegwuonu said. “[Bill] went to court, and the jury came back in like 20 minutes – not guilty. I guess they were going to come back sooner, but the judge said, ‘You have to take a little bit of time and think about it.’ It’s really ridiculous and a joke that they’re taking it to court.”

According to the Daily Chronicle, a DeKalb County newspaper, Safyian Baba testified at Bill Ikegwuonu’s trial that the incident involving the twin brothers was a “misunderstanding.” Baba, the renter of the home that allegedly was burglarized, also testified that he tried to drop the charges shortly after the incident. Baba told the court he had since become friends with Bill Ikegwuonu, who played football at Northern Illinois University.

Prosecutors in Bill Ikegwuonu’s case said that the two brothers broke into the home and were discovered by Baba at 2 a.m., possibly holding an Xbox system that belonged in the home.

Julie Trevarthen, the DeKalb County prosecutor who tried Bill Ikegwuonu’s case and will also prosecute Jack Ikegwuonu’s case, said there are some disparities between the two.

“There are differences in the evidence,” Trevarthen said by phone. “There are differences in the statements made by Jack versus his brother. I can tell you Jack’s statements are much stronger in terms of being beneficial to the state.”

Trevarthen said the criminal-trespass charge is a Class 1 felony with a mandatory jail sentence of four to 15 years should Ikegwuonu be convicted. She said there is no chance for probation.

Article by Bob Brookover of The Philadelphia Inquirer – Click Here For Full Article