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Ex-Patriots player Jermaine Cunningham pleads guilty to revenge porn

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The life of a free agent player wanting to find a way back into the NFL is hard enough without making things more difficult by having brushes with the law.

There are plenty of horrific stats that display the depths of despair that some former players plunge into after they are released from the NFL.

Classic stats such as how many ex-NFL players go bankrupt are the most obvious ones, but there are also plenty of players that end up in prison following stints in the big league.

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To face NFL discipline?

One of the latest former players to encounter the dark side of the law is free agent linebacker Jermaine Cunningham. According to ProFootballTalk, The former Patriots second round pick pleaded guilty on Thursday to three "revenge porn" related charges dating back to his arrest last December.

"Linebacker Jermaine Cunningham is a free agent and any attempts by the former Patriots second-round pick to continue his career may be hindered by discipline from the NFL," ProFootballTalk reported.

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"Cunningham pleaded guilty Wednesday to three charges related to a December arrest following a domestic dispute. The dispute started after Cunningham posted photos of a girlfriend’s inner thigh, groin and buttocks on Instagram without her permission, which violates a 10-year-old New Jersey “revenge porn” law that makes it a crime to share such images without the subject’s approval."

End of career?

Cunningham was picked up by the Patriots in the second round of the 2010 draft and spent three years in Boston before moving on to the San Francisco 49ers. The linebacker then moved to the New York Jets, who he was playing for when he tore his Achilles before the start of the 2014 season.

It will be interesting to see whether or not any NFL teams remain interested in the linebacker, but more likely than not this will end his career.

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