Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who has lived a quiet off-field life the past seven years after a half-decade of routinely showing up on police blotters, has been charged with misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment against a woman in an incident suspected of occurring last year, according to Contra Costa Superior Court documents.
Circumstances are unclear. The alleged victim, Syrena Nicholson, did not return messages left on her phone. The Raiders released a statement from chief executive Amy Trask that said, "This incident occurred over a year ago. Sebastian was not arrested, we were aware of this matter and this is not news."
Attorneys for both parties met in court Thursday for a pretrial conference. No trial date has been set. The charges against Janikowski could result in a maximum of 18 months in jail and a $3,000 fine.
This shouldn't have an immediate impact on Janikowski's value. However, it's not the first time he's had legal issues. It's possible Roger Goddell could hand out some discipline at some point down the line.