He really should have stuck to football. In 2013, former Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell was sentenced to 37 months in prison for taking part in a tax fraud scheme. He could have received up to 10 years, but his attorneys used the “concussion defense,” saying he had been hit so many times he should get a break.
Mitchell pled guilty to conspiracy after he and two co-defendants were busted for filing a false tax return and got a refund of $2 million. They filed the false claim under the name of an NBA player (Drew Gooden) who was not accused of any wrong doing.
In fact, the plot unraveled when Gooden filed a correct tax return that tipped off the authorities. Mitchell told the judge he didn’t have criminal tendencies, in spite of his involvement in the fraud; rather, it was all those concussions he’s suffered on the football field that led him down the wrong path.
Mitchell said he has a document that shows that the injuries make him “extremely gullible and naïve to a lot of things that are happening.” He went on to explain that “The truth of the fact is this brain injury allowed me to be victimized by being lured into a failed attempt by an IRS agent.”