The Seattle Seahawks are set to kick off the 2019 preseason on Thursday when they host the Denver Broncos, however, late Wednesday word came down about when Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks will appear in court for sentencing.
As TMZ first reported, Kendricks is now scheduled to be sentenced on September 25, which is the Wednesday after the team’s Week 3 game against the New Orleans Saints and just prior to the first division game of the year in Week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Mychal Kendricks' Insider Trading Sentencing Set For Week 4 Of NFL Season https://t.co/vB6oQIS8cZ— TMZ (@TMZ) August 7, 2019
While the immediate reaction to this among many fans is worry that Kendricks may then miss the remainder of the season after sentencing, as has been noted elsewhere in the past, he is likely to be available for the duration of the 2019 season. Specifically, reporting to prison is often pushed back several months after sentencing. In Kendricks’ case, all he would need is a delay of a little over three months between sentencing and the date which he is ordered to report to prison in order to be available to the team for the duration of the season.
That, of course, assumes that he is actually given prison time after having plead guilty to securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud, both of which are felonies. Another defendant to whom Sonoiki also provided inside information on which to trade, Hamed Ettu, was recently sentenced to nine months of house arrest and three years of probation. Ettu only plead to conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and in spite of the fact that he profited far less and did not take the steps that Kendricks took to conceal his activities, the feds still asked for a sentence of 10 to 16 months.
Sonoiki’s sentencing remains scheduled for the Monday after Kendricks is sentenced, September 30.
In any case, even with a date now set for Kendricks to learn his fate, it seems unlikely that any sentence would require him to miss significant time with the Hawks.