Ex-U. football player offered plea deal in beating, kidnapping of wife

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  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    March 27, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    Chris B,
    Get back into football? Really? Is it all about football? How about some lessons in life be learned here?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 27, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    There is something wrong with this story. The man is a weapon. He can kill with his bare hands. And he has shown that he cannot control himself.
    Are the prisons full?
    Why would a judge essentially dismiss the case with supervision?
    Surely the judgment of his wife is not enough reason to plea bargain.
    A rational person would give him a second chance if he threw a heavy object across the room and hit her. He went on a tirade that lasted for several minutes, involved a number of weapons and spilled out onto the street.
    This was not a moment of anger.
    What am I missing here?

  • War dog Taylorsville, UT
    March 26, 2013 6:17 p.m.

    Some people would support a ball player no matter what they do, who cares if they rob, beat their wife's,steal Girl Scout cookies, it doesn't matter just help our team

  • SMS Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2013 5:00 p.m.

    I'm pretty sure it's already been announced that Leota has been dismissed from the team for good, as he should be. Hence the title "Ex-U. Football Player."

    It's a privilege to play football, anybody who commits such an awful crime should lose that privilege permanently.

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2013 3:39 p.m.

    I hope you are right but we'll see. I was extremely disappointed in Whittingham's response after the incident. He did say this behavior can't be tolerated, but he also said he'll support him and the family as things get resolved, or something very similar. I would have liked for Whittingham to be a man, and say what he would have said if a man had beaten Whittingham's daughter. I highly doubt Whittingham would have said he'd support continue to support him and their family. I think he would have said that such a man never deserves to see the light of day again, at the very least. Remember he's a coach who gave a kid a scholarship soon after the kid robbed several people at gunpoint. If he welcomed that kid with open arms, I wouldnt say its impossible that Whittingham would welcome back this guy, if he though he'd help the football team. I'm just guessing that afer the robbing at gunpoint incident happened, you probably wouldnt have guessed that Whittingham would have patted him on the back with a scholarship would you have?

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 26, 2013 3:02 p.m.

    Chris B,

    Some people should never be let back onto a football team - Leota is one of these people.
    I'm quite certain Kyle Whittingham will feel the same on this one.

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    March 26, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    Am I reading this correctly? A man who nearly beat his beautiful wife to death is going to receive 3 misdemeanors? I'm mostly unfamiliar with legal issues like this, but I'm assuming a misdemeanor carries no jail time?

    Please someone wake me up from this horrible nightmare, where I live in a society where a man can nearly beat his wife to death and not be put in jail for years?

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 26, 2013 2:19 p.m.

    I agree with the other comments here. This is a ridiculously angry and violent person and someone that I wish no plea bargains would've been offered to. He deserves to be kept far away from the rest of well functioning society.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2013 2:02 p.m.

    I hope he can fix his anger issues, pay back society, make good with his wife, and return to helping the football team.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    March 26, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    The plea deal is letting him off easy. Very brutal crime, disgusting and barbaric. He needs some serious jail time...years of it.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    Nas doesn't deserve a plea deal. He should be locked up for a VERY long time.

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    As the brother of a woman who was physically abused by her husband, I have no sympathy or respect for these poor excuses of "men." Any man who abuses a woman, strangles her, tries to stab her with a pole should be put in jail and the key thrown away. Please I hope no one feeds us the line "he's a good person who made a mistake". No good person in the history of the world has ever strangled a woman and tried to stab her. He is the definition of evil. Throw away the key!