IOWA CITY — Iowa men’s basketball player Peter Jok is serving four days in the Johnson County Jail for contempt of court after pleading guilty to driving while revoked earlier this summer.
Jok, 20, began his sentence Thursday afternoon and will leave the jail on Monday. His status has not changed within the team.
“Coach (Fran) McCaffery and the administration are aware of the legal obligations that Peter Jok has been ordered to fulfill by the court in regards to this summer’s incidents,” according to a statement by the Iowa basketball program. “Nothing has changed in regards to Peter’s status with the team. He rejoined the team the first week of school after completing the team obligations that he needed to during his suspension.
“This decision completes his legal requirements.”
Jok was arrested for drunken driving while driving his moped on April 26. He pleaded guilty on May 2 and received probation and a deferred judgment. On July 14, Jok was arrested for driving while revoked.
Randy Larson, who serves as Jok’s attorney, said the plea agreement allowed Jok to keep his deferred judgment.
“Instead of revoking his probation, they agreed to let him serve four days in jail for contempt of court,” Larson said.
McCaffery suspended Jok on July 15. Jok, a sophomore shooting guard, was reinstated the first week of school. Larson said Jok wanted to serve his sentence before midterms and basketball practice begins next month.
“Once he completes that probation, his OWI will get dismissed and he won’t have a conviction on that on his record,” Larson said. “Whereas if you lose your deferred judgment and you get your probation revoked, then you get sentenced to a conviction on the OWI and they wanted the four days in jail as a deterrent which is, I think, proper and warranted But they didn’t want to take away his chance to not have a conviction for drunk driving.”
Jok played in 26 of the team’s 33 games as a freshman and averaged 4.4 points a game. In the Hawkeyes’ NCAA tournament game against Tennessee, he scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including two 3-pointers. He put up double digits seven times last year and had a career-high 15 points against Abilene Christian.
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