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D'Qwell Jackson found guilty of simple assault

According to the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder, Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson has been found guilty of simple assault stemming from an incident with a pizza delivery driver last year.

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Last offseason, Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was arrested for allegedly punching a pizza delivery driver, and he has reportedly been found guilty of simple assault.

According to the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder, the case went to trial after Jackson declined a plea deal in May, and he was found guilty today.  A sentencing is scheduled for May 6, while the maximum punishment for simple assault is 180 days in jail.

Regardless of what happens in the sentencing, however, Jackson could still be punished by the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell, and it would not be surprising to see Jackson receive a fine and/or suspension.  Goodell doesn't have the best track record with player discipline, but under the league's personal conduct policy he does have the authority to enforce punishment, particularly when a player is found guilty of assault like Jackson was.  It's unclear what punishment Jackson will face both from the courts and from the NFL, but it's likely that he will receive some form of punishment from both.

Though the situation is far more serious than football, it could also have implications for the Colts on the football field as well if Jackson is forced to miss any time due to a suspension.  The Colts just let their best inside linebacker walk in free agency in Jerrell Freeman and already have to replace him, so adding another spot to fill - even temporarily - would cause more troubles for the Colts' front office.  There's a long way to go before that situation happens, however, as for now all we know is that D'Qwell Jackson has been found guilty for simple assault stemming back to the 2015 incident.

The Colts have issued a statement regarding Jackson being found guilty, per ESPN's Mike Wells:

"We're disappointed to read reports of D'Qwell Jackson's misdemeanor verdict in Washington, D.C.  We've not had an opportunity to review any of the evidence or testimony from the trial and have not made any determination as to any action we might take as a result."