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Jags' Khalif Barnes sentenced to 6 months probation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Khalif Barnes has been sentenced to six months probation after pleading no contest to a drunken driving charge.

Barnes, 25, pleaded no contest last week. Duval County Judge James Ruth on Wednesday also sentenced him to pay $650 in fines and court costs, perform 50 hours of community service, attend a drunken driving class and have his driver's license suspended for six months.

Barnes apologized for calling the police officer a racist during his Nov. 10 arrest. Barnes was caught on police video calling Officer D. E. Cullen a "KKK devil who hates all colored people" and accusing him of targeting Jaguars players.

"The stress of the situation led me to say things which I do not believe. I want you to know that was out of character for me," Barnes said in a letter to Cullen. "You were just trying to do your job that night, and I am sorry for the things I said to you. I know you have a hard job."

Barnes was driving his 2007 silver Mercedes 101 mph in a 60-mph zone, police said. He was arrested after failing a field sobriety test with a blood alcohol level of 0.12 percent. Florida's legal driving limit is 0.08 percent.

"Khalif is glad to put this behind him, and is now working hard to help Jacksonville have a successful season. He is a good person," Barnes' attorney, O. David Barksdale, said in an e-mailed statement.

Barnes was fined and benched for one game following the arrest.

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) rushes during an NFL football game between the between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)

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