Two days after Brandon Jacobs officially signed his contract with the San Francisco 49ers, the running back was allegedly involved in a high-speed incident in New Jersey. According to the Newark Star-Ledger on March 30, Jacobs was part of a high-speed caravan, escorted by two New Jersey state troopers, on the Garden State Parkway which was headed to Atlantic City. It was reported 25-30 fast cars were involved. Jacobs is known as a sports car enthusiast and has a collection of sports cars.
A spokesman for the New Jersey State Police said the incident is under investigation but did not say if caravan was authorized. The spokesman also said “escorts are allowed only on rare occasions for events such as services for a fallen serviceman or other high-profile funerals, and they are requested through the chain of command and approved by top brass.”
Whether or not it was authorized this does not show good judgment by Jacobs. The two state troopers involved will most likely be fired, but Jacobs will probably only face a fine and no jail time. The real issue is with the 49ers and what might be in his contract about putting himself in situations that could cause harm or injury, and willing being involved in an incident that could be illegal.
The Newark Star-Ledger also reported a source familiar with the caravan said Jacobs was among those who participated in the ride to Atlantic City. Jacobs’ agent confirmed he was part of a group that drove down to Atlantic City on March 30.
The high-speed caravan was brought to light by two witnesses, one of which was Wayne Gantt who called the caravan, “Death Race 2012”. In a complaint to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority he wrote the following,
I had the great pleasure today of nearly being killed by, not one, but two, Lamborghinis traveling in excess of 110 mph in a (New Jersey State Police) escorted ‘caravan’ of approximately 30 exotic vehicles all traveling well over 100 mph.
Another complaint filed by John Kennedy said,
When I was in the high speed lane passing a series of slower vehicles, I saw police flashers in my rear view mirror, moving at a high rate towards me, so I sped up, passed the cars and got into the slower lane in the nick of time. The car raced by me going (estimated) 100+ mph. Then I noticed there was a series of performance cars (Porsches, Ferraris, etc.) that were following the lead police car with their blinkers on and license plates taped off — speeding at the same high rate. I noticed that many cars were struggling to get out of their way safely.
The fact that the cars being escorted by two state troopers, plus, had their license plates taped off is sure to make people angry as the story is reported on more. Thankfully no one was injured in the caravan and for us 49er fans, let’s hope Jacobs involvement does not result in him being suspended causing him to miss games. We wanted Jacobs to be fast and furious, but this is not what 49er fans expected.
Apparently this is not the first-time this happened in New Jersey. Here is a link to a video showing a similar caravan from 2010 like the one Jacobs was involved in on March 30 (warning, it’s a loud video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkENygLPRIM