Sheard Reinstated

Panther Digest Publisher
Posted Aug 4, 2010

Pitt defensive end Jabaal Sheard had his day in court today, stemming from charges brought on by an off-campus altercation last month. The courts have spoken, and although he has been reinstated to the team, will face in-house punishments and increased accountability.

After pleading guilty to a summary charge of disorderly conduct in connection to an off-campus incident two weeks ago, Pitt defensive end Jabaal Sheard has been reinstated to the Pitt football team.

He will be able to practice, as Pitt begins training camp on Saturday. He is not out of the woods yet. Now that the official ruling has been handed down from the courts, Sheard faces in-house punishments, as well as a higher expected level of accountability, despite already having a good track record in his years with the program.

"The situation with Jabaal was as surprising as it was disappointing to me," head coach Dave Wannstedt said, through an issued statement. "Until this incident, his behavior has always been representative of the high standards we have for our program on and off the field. I'm confident he will learn from this and be wiser moving forward."

As a result of his hearing today, Sheard has been ordered to pay all medical expenses incurred by the man he fought with, Edward Parker. In addition, Sheard will pay all court costs and issue an apology to Parker.

Sheard had been suspended since July 19. A 6-4, 260-pound defensive end, he enters his third year as a starter. Last season, Sheard started all 13 contests, registering 42 tackles, including 10.5 for losses, five sacks and a team-best 12 hurries

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