If ever there was a picture that was made for The Sports Hernia.
Have you ever seen one of those old movies where a guy would escape from prison, and a guard in a tower would shine a giant spotlight on him, and he would freeze, and his eyes would fixate like a deer in headlights? Well if you have, Mr. Ingram would love for you to show him that movie, because he is surely going to be trying to escape from prison soon.
From the article:
His sentencing was delayed as he tried to revoke the plea, fired several court-appointed attorneys and made what prosecutors termed “outlandish” legal arguments, including a claim that he was immune from prosecution because he enjoyed diplomatic status as a head of state.
In his most notable game - the 20-19 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the 1991 Super Bowl - Ingram caught five passes, after one of which he fended off tackles and hopped on one leg for a crucial first down.
For Mark's sake, let's hope those skills don't fail him once he's in prison.
Eventually, Mark decided to defend himself. Luckily, I was able to obtain the court transcript:
Judge Denis Hurley: Mark, I want to thank you for finally showing up to my courtroom. I've heard you haven't been feeling too well.
Mark Ingram: That's right, Judge, sir. In fact, I'm still not feeling too well.
Judge: We'll I'm sorry to hear that.
Mark: Ya know, in the ass area... May I go to the "bathroom" please?
Mark makes air quotes with his hands.
Judge: See if you can hold it. Today we will complete this trial once and for all.
Mark: Ya'hona', what we really doin here, hmm? What we doin in this courtroom today? This room of court. This place of justice and truth. Conviction and eviction. Attorneys and prosecutors-
Judge: Mr. Ingram? We know where we are.
Mark: Of course, ya'hona'. Now where was I? Oh yes. The wrongful persecution of Mr. Mark Luther Ingram, Jr. Now, have I done wrong? Of course. I have committed many, many crimes in my lifetime.
Mark Ingram slowly walks down the aisle of the courtroom.
Mark: But I ask you. Are you not just as wrong for accusing me of these crimes? Does not the good book say that man "judge not best, when he be a judge?" And we are to turn to Mr. Judge to tell us what is right and wrong? I think not. I rest my case.
Judge: Mr. Ingram, stop.
Mark: Oh I think I've made my point, Judge.
Judge: I mean stop moving.
A bailiff steps in front of Mark just as he is reaching for the courtroom's exit door. Mr. Ingram turns around smiling.
Mark: Yes, ya'hona'? Are we just about done here? Do you need me to sign something before I leave?
Judge: You're not going anywhere, Mr. Ingram. Bailiff, please show him to his seat. You have elected to represent yourself, Mr. Ingram, so I am obliged to ask you if you have anything else to say before I read your sentence.
Mark: Okay, fine. So what's the big deal with a little marijuana? Who here hasn't smoked some weed in their lives, huh? Who here has never just ever-so-slightly blazed a little of the bubonic chronic?
Mark Ingram smells his fingers, inhaling deeply.
Judge: Mr. Ingram, I'm not sure-
Mark: And who among us, has not sold a little of the sticky icky to get by? Just to pay the bills? Or, perhaps, to turn a small profit?
Judge: Mr. Ingram-
Mark: Or a large profit.
Judge Hurley bangs his gavel.
Judge: MR. INGRAM! We are not here for a drug charge.
Mark: Really? I knew you had nothin' on me! I'm free! Oh lord, oh lord, I can't believe I'm free! I'm gonna party tonight!!
Judge: Mr. Ingram, you're being charged with money laundering. It's a federal offense. Kindly proceed with any final statements before I announce your sentence.
Mark: Umm...final statements, final statements. Umm......please?
Judge: Please what?
Mark: Please don't?
Judge: Mr. Ingram, I have to sentence you.
Mark: But why?
Judge: Mr. Ingram, clearly you have no remorse, explanation or excuse for your crimes. Seeing as how this is by no means your first offense, I sentence you to ninety-two months in a federal prison.
Mark: Really ya'hona'? Damn. Alright. If that's what it has to be, then that's what it has to be. I'll take the two.
Judge: Excuse me?
Mark: I'll take two months.
Judge: No, Mr. Ingram. You are to serve ninety-two months.
Mark: You said, "Nine to two months." I choose two.
Judge: I most certainly did no-
Mark: You goin back on your word, ya'hona'? Oh so you can change the rules of the game? Who's really on trial here?
Judge: MR. INGRAM. You are to serve 7 years, and 8 months.
Mark: Oh I see. I see how it is.
Mark: Now you gonna add years to my sentence just because you got your numbers miscalculated? How you gonna keep increasin shit, Judge?
Judge Hurley bangs his gavel several times.
Judge: Bailiff, get him out of my sight! Take Mr. Ingram to prison!
Mark: Wait, wait, ya'hona' please! I just have one more question.
Judge Hurley sighs.
Judge: Go ahead.
Mark: Thank you.
The bailiff unhands Mark as he straightens his suit and tie.
Mark: Ahem. So ya'hona.' Exactly when does my trial start?