Mar 16, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Michigan State Spartans center Derrick Nix (25) scores against the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds during the second round in the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Derrick Nix Fined, Sentenced To Community Service

Michigan State's Derrick Nix was fined $853 and sentenced to 24 hours of community service after pleading guilty to misdemeanor driving while impaired.

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Derrick Nix won't miss any games due to suspension

Michigan State's newest team captain will not miss any games due to his offseason arrest.


Derrick Nix Pleads Guilty To Reduced Charge, Will Be Reinstated With MSU Following Apology

On Thursday morning, Michigan State center Derrick Nix pleaded guilty to a charge of impaired driving, a significantly reduced charge from the charge of operating a vehicle with the presence of drugs. The guilty plea was reported by, which also notes that the charge for possession of marijuana was dropped outright. Nix was arrested on those charges nine days ago, and was suspended by MSU following it.

Nix will have sentencing on May 11, and the charge of impaired driving carries a maximum punishment of 93 days in jail and a $300 fine, on top of a driver's license suspension of 180 days. When Nix was arrested, Tom Izzo said that his future with the program was in serious jeopardy.

That being said, another report from says that Nix will be reinstated, provided he meets all the conditions set forth by Izzo. On Thursday, Izzo reiterated that there will be punishment for Nix, whether it's something that's made public or not, and that he wants to be clear that this kind of thing is unacceptable. Nix also had a statement:

"I want to regain my trust with a lot of the players, coaches and family and refocus my whole life now and continue to finish out the rest of this year and become the leader that everybody was looking forward for me to be," Nix said.

Niz apologized to everyone he possibly can think of, and it was certainly an emotional one. As it stands, there's no word on whether or not Nix will miss any time next season as punishment. The report includes a quote from Izzo that says he does intend to "make life miserable" for Nix in the meantime.

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