Mercury Morris’ Plea Bargain Gets Him Out of Prison
Former Miami Dolphins running back Eugene (Mercury) Morris, a three-time Super Bowl veteran, pleaded no contest to a cocaine conspiracy charge today in exchange for freedom from prison.
Morris, 39, who had served three years in prison after a 1982 conviction on four drug-related charges, was awaiting a new trial today, when he entered the no-contest plea to one count of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine.
Before Morris left Dade Circuit Judge Ellen Morphonios’ courtroom, the judge praised his recent television work to educate the public against the risks of drug use.
“I’ve seen the TV ads and they’re great,” she said. “You’ve done a whole lot of good. You really have.”
Morris now gives anti-drug speeches at churches, schools and conventions.
“Being a professional athlete for 20 years has given me the opportunity to see you have to have a victory over these things,” Morris said.