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Saints’ wide receiver Deonte Harris sentenced to 1-year probation for DWI arrest

Harris received the sentence despite maintaining a not guilty plea, muddying the waters of further NFL punishment.

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Deonte Harris, the New Orleans Saints’ leading wide receiver this season, was sentenced on Monday to one year of supervised probation for a DWI arrest after a July traffic stop near Baltimore. The sentence comes without a conviction after Harris pleaded “not guilty” for the DWI.

While the news is good for Harris, it does create a confusing situation when it comes to the NFL levying further punishment. The previous precedent for first-time driving under the influence convictions was a two-game suspension, but the current collective bargaining agreement calls for a minimum of three games.

However, a non-conviction on Harris’ part may make it harder for the league to punish him for the probation sentencing.

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Per’s Amie Just, the NFL issued a statement on Harris saying “We have been monitoring developments in the matter which remains under review.”

Harris, in addition to being the Saints’ leading receiver so far this season with 21 catches for 323 yards and a pair of touchdowns, has grown into one of the NFL’s eminent return men. He was awarded All-Pro honors in the role as an undrafted rookie in 2019, before playing in just nine games last season.

Harris has already missed a game this year due to injury, Week 7’s Monday Night Football win against the Seattle Seahawks. Given the Saints’ woes at wide receiver this season, the NFL’s decision could have a big impact on the Saints’ wide receiver corps.

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