Former Duke player Okafor fined for driving 108 mph over bridge

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Jahlil Okafor, the first-round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA draft, talks to reporters during a press conference at the 76ers practice facility, Saturday, June 27, 2015

CAMDEN, N.J. -- The lawyer for former Duke player and Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Jahlil Okafor says his client will pay a $439 fine for driving his white Mercedes-Maybach 108 mph across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in October.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports a Camden County judge ruled Thursday that a plea offer to Okafor is valid meaning he'll have to pay the fine.

Lawyer Andrew Smith says Okafor paid the fee, but the check wasn't accepted because Camden's law office tried to vacate the agreement. He says he believed it was vacated so community service could be added to the sentence. Okafor won't be required to do community service.

Okafor pleaded guilty to operating in an unsafe manner. He was driving more than double the speed limit.

Smith says his client has learned his lesson.

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