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Evander Holyfield’s son Elijah Holyfield takes deal to avoid jail for drug charges

Apr 22, 2017; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs red team running back Elijah Holyfield (13) runs against black team linebacker Tae Crowder (30) during the second half during the Georgia Spring Game at Sanford Stadium. Red defeated Black 25-22. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Jesse Reed
Written by Jesse Reed

Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield will not face jail time after being charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a drug-related object back in May.

As reported by TMZ Sports, Holyfield, son of famed boxer Evander Holyfield, cut a deal with prosecution. His lawyer, Max Richardon, told TMZ Sports that Holyfield was accepted into a pre-trial diversion program.

If he stays clean and avoids any trouble over the course of the next year and follows through on 40 hours of community service, his charges will be dropped, per the report.

“Elijah’s a great kid and comes from a great, supporting family,” Holyfield’s attorney said, per TMZ Sports. “Like any other teenager, he made a bad decision like teenagers and some adults do. Because of his clean slate and outstanding background he was taken into this program. He’s going to get his degree and hopefully get a chance to play in the NFL one day.”

As a freshman last year, the four-star running back played in three games for the Bulldogs. He carried the ball just six times for 29 yards and caught one pass for 19 yards.

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