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Ex-Patriots RB Jonas Gray jailed for not paying child support

  • Three years ago, Jonas Gray had one of the best games by a running back in NFL history, rushing for 201 yards and four touchdowns in a Patriots win over the Colts in November 2014, with his photo gracing the cover of that week’s issue of Sports Illustrated.
  • After a “cash purge” of $7,924, Gray was released at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, 17 hours after turning himself in.
  • Gray’s NFL story is a reminder of the fleeting nature of success — his breakout game against the Colts is one of only nine in NFL history where a player rushed for at least 200 yards and scored at least four touchdowns.
  • But the following Friday after his big game, Gray was late for practice and was inactive for the Patriots’ next game as a result; he played sparingly the rest of the season and was inactive again in the Super Bowl when the Patriots beat the Seahawks in February 2015.
  • Under threat of 30 days in jail, Gray paid the $7,924 and was released Wednesday morning.

Three years ago, Jonas Gray had one of the best games by a running back in NFL history, rushing for 201 yards and four touchdowns in a Patriots win over the Colts in November 2014, with his photo gracing the cover of that week’s issue of Sports Illustrated.

Three years ago, Jonas Gray had one of the best games by a running back in NFL history, rushing for 201 yards and four touchdowns in a Patriots win over the Colts in November 2014, with his photo gracing the cover of that week’s issue of Sports Illustrated.

On Wednesday, the same day the Patriots arrive in Tampa to play the Bucs on Thursday night, the 27-year-old former Notre Dame star was in Hillsborough County jail for failure to pay child support. After a “cash purge” of $7,924, Gray was released at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, 17 hours after turning himself in.

Gray’s NFL story is a reminder of the fleeting nature of success — his breakout game against the Colts is one of only nine in NFL history where a player rushed for at least 200 yards and scored at least four touchdowns. Jim Brown has two of the others, Barry Sanders has one, and the only other such game in the past decade came from the Bucs’ Doug Martin in 2012.

But the following Friday after his big game, Gray was late for practice and was inactive for the Patriots’ next game as a result; he played sparingly the rest of the season and was inactive again in the Super Bowl when the Patriots beat the Seahawks in February 2015. He was cut by the Patriots the next fall, playing for the Dolphins and…

Ex-Patriots RB Jonas Gray jailed for not paying child support