Aug 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A general view of Philadelphia Eagles helmets on the sideline area before the start of the preseason game against the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Freddie Mitchell claims hits in NFL led to his tax evasion


Concussions and hard hits are all the rage in the NFL. You can’t really go any place without delving into the topic, even a courtroom.

Former NFL wide receiver Freddie Mitchell who you more likely remember as the guy who called himself ‘FredEx’ because he ‘always’ (read: never) delivered’ is facing up to ten years in prison for tax evasion and tax fraud.

But Mitchell says there is a reason for that – the hits he took while playing in the NFL.

Freddie Mitchell’s attorneys had the judge watch a two-hour documentary about the link between NFL football and brain injuries.

The Lakeland native argued the disorder contributed to his crime.

That two-hour documentary was the much talked about “League Of Denial” from PBS’ Frontline.

Mitchell was allegedly used as a recruiter to lure athletes to use a tax return service run by Jamie and Richard Walls where the players would pay a set amount of money for a much higher return on their taxes.

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