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Jayson Werth not a big fan of serving time in jail, vows to put it behind him

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Jayson Werth has completed his five-day jail sentence as punishment for a reckless driving charge stemming from the Washington Nationals outfielder driving 105 mph on the Capital Beltway last July.

Werth originally was sentenced to 10 days in jail but appealed that ruling and later entered a guilty plea and ordered to serve only five days, on weekends to not interfere with his rehabilitation following shoulder surgery.

While 10 days, much less five, is a fair punishment to fit his crime, it hardly qualifies as doing hard time, especially split up over a handful of weekends. But that does not mean it was an enjoyable experience, even though it is believed he did sign an autograph for a fan. Instead, it served as a sobering wake-up call of sorts for Werth.

“It’s a time in my life that I’m glad it’s behind me,” Werth told The Washington Post during a telephone conversation Wednesday night, the first time he has spoken about. “I’ve had time to reflect on the whole thing. I want to talk about it one time, and kind of lay it to rest. I’m ready to put it behind me. I’ve learned my lesson. I don’t recommend the experience I had to anyone, really. It’s not something that was fun. It’s not a destination you would choose.”

When Werth when was first doing his jail intake a guard apparently told him, “Find a way to turn this negative event into a positive.” And that’s what Werth will try to do. The slugger told The Post that he has more appreciation for friends and family, a desire to volunteer and the realization that he needed to be aware of Virginia traffic laws.

Even before he began serving his sentence, Werth said he began contemplating his place in the community. Before everything happened, Werth figured he would begin engaging in charitable endeavors, but his stint in jail prompted him to start doing that now.

Overall, the experience provided Werth with newfound perspective. And with spring training just around the corner, it seems that the Nationals star is ready to begin a new chapter in his life. Five days in the clink may not seem like much, but it apparently had a huge impact on Werth.

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