Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Former Leto High, NFL player Deering arrested on grand theft, fraud charges

Former Leto High and Rutgers football player Jeremy Deering, who had brief stints with three NFL teams, was arrested in New York on an outstanding warrant and booked in Tampa on Thursday night on felony charges of grand theft and depositing checks with intent to defraud.

Deering, 26, was booked at 8:31 p.m. Thursday and remained in jail Friday afternoon, held on $4,000 bond. A Hillsborough County warrant issued for his arrest accused him of cashing two fraudulent payroll checks for a combined $8,934.34 at two Suncoast Credit Union branches in June.

According to the warrant, the listed account holder on the checks was another credit union in New York, which confirmed the checks to be fraudulent.

Deering played offense and later defense at Rutgers, totaling 578 rushing yards and 415 receiving yards before moving to safety as a senior and finishing with 45 tackles. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

Deering spent time with the Raiders and Patriots before the 2014 season, and the Jaguars in 2015, never playing in an NFL game.

JOSH BROWN UPDATE: The NFL said Molly Brown, the former wife of suspended Giants kicker Josh Brown, turned down multiple requests to speak to the league about her allegations of being the victim of repeated domestic violence. ESPN reported that she told police he was violent with her more than 20 times when they were married. The league said it conducted a 10-month investigation into the circumstances surrounding Josh Brown's arrest in May 2015 in Woodinville, Wash., on a fourth-degree domestic violence charge. That charge was dismissed. The league added that local law enforcement officers also declined to provide information on the case and previous allegations.

FRIDAY'S GAMES: The Redskins' top running back, Matt Jones, left with a sprained shoulder in his team's 22-18 win over the visiting Jets. The former Armwood High and Gators standout sustained an AC sprain in his left shoulder when he was pushed out of bounds and landed awkwardly in the first quarter.

JAGUARS: In the past two years, owner Shad Khan has committed nearly $400 million to sign a dozen free agents, including defensive tackle Malik Jackson and safety Tashaun Gipson this offseason. After winning just 14 games in four years, he hopes to see a return on his investment. "My expectations are we get better and we win," Khan said. "I think it's very simple. We want to win, and we have a lot of pieces in place now that will help us do it." There are other improvements too. On Friday, Khan and city officials broke ground on the second phase of a $90 million upgrade to EverBank Field, called Daily's Place. The new complex adjacent to the stadium will have a 5,000-seat amphitheater and a 94,000-square-foot, multi-use indoor facility. The team and the city will split the cost of construction.

PATRIOTS: Bill Belichick was asked about quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo having to adjust after the decision not to play Tom Brady in Thursday's preseason game. The coach's response: "Sometimes things happen and they change. On offense quarterbacks refer to that as an audible." Garoppolo will start the first four games of the regular season while Brady serves his Deflategate suspension. Garoppolo threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Derby and finished 16-of-21 for 181 yards.

STEELERS: Running back Le'Veon Bell's suspension for missing league-mandated drug tests was reduced from four games to three games after a negotiated settlement between the league and the players' union.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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