While at Notre Dame, Elam was convicted in 2002 of sexual battery by a South Bend jury. He was acquitted at that same trial of more serious charges – conspiracy to commit rape and criminal deviant conduct.
This stemmed from a party make-out session with a Notre Dame female student that went a little too far than she wanted it to.
Elam was given an 18-month sentence (which was suspended), two years of probation, and 200 hours of community service.
By most accounts Elam isn't a bad person. He overcame a tough childhood, laden with tragedy, in the ghetto of Riviera Beach, Florida.
The Jets also signed offensive tackle Jason Capizzi to their practice squad on Wednesday. He started his career at Pittsburgh, but was suspended from the team after getting arrested for underage drinking and carrying a false identification. He spent a night in jail.
"I had way too much to drink, and I did a stupid thing," he said.
He transferred to nearby Indiana University of Pennsylvania to finish his college career.
Players with backgrounds like Elam and Capizzi don't seem to fit the Tangini blueprint. But they both seem to be decent people who each made bad decisions one night in their lives.
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