Ajayi Accused of ‘Trashing’ L.A. House
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Bill Parcells once offered up some advice to his good friend Mike Zimmer after the latter was finally given an opportunity at the big chair after two decades in the league.
One of the Hall of Fame coach's bullet points was: "Four or five things happen in pro football every day that you wish wouldn't happen. If you can't handle those, you need to get another job."
Doug Pederson may have gotten similar advice from Andy Reid and the Eagles' Super Bowl-winning mentor is living it during this offseason with Monday serving as the unveiling for the third alleged off-field incident for the Eagles since Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.
Running back Jay Ajayi, who Pederson lauded for keeping himself in excellent shape during the short offseason just last week before the team's rookie camp, is being sued by the owner of a Los Angeles mansion who alleges the London native trashed his house and "pushed him" once confronted about it.
TMZ reports that the owner is trying to get $25,000 for the damages and Ajayi, who will turn 25 next month, is denying the allegations.
The stickier part for Ajayi, a powerful 6-foot, 225-pound back, might be the confrontation which alleges the Boise State product "pushed [the owner of the house on [his] chest in a menacing and threatening manner.”
According to TMZ, Ajayi was staying at the 6,000-square-foot house with a friend for five days shortly after the Eagles won Super Bowl LII and Ajayi was specifically told to not to stage any parties, but allegedly hosted at least three during his stay.
The owner is attempting to gain $5,000 from Ajayi for each party with the added money for damages that include a broken table, scratched floors and a violation of the smoking policy.
No criminal charges have been filed against Ajayi, however.
Earlier this offseason defensive lineman Michael Bennett, who was acquired from Seattle, was indicted in Houston for injuring a wheelchair-bound security guard after Super Bowl LI and cornerback Daryl Worley, who was picked up in a trade with Carolina, was arrested and subsequently released by the organization after an ugly DUI incident near the NovaCare Complex.
Ajayi, who was acquired from Miami at the trade deadline last season, is entering the final year of his rookie deal signed with the Dolphins and is expected to lead a RB-by-committee approach for the Eagles come September with veteran Darren Sproles and second-year player Corey Clement also mixing in.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen
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