Archive for Friday, November 10, 2000

NFL Briefs

November 10, 2000


Raider receiver Rison sentenced to probation

Kansas City, Mo. Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre Rison was sentenced Thursday to two years probation for writing bad checks.

Rison, traded by Kansas City to Oakland before the season, pleaded guilty Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court to writing a bad check for $78,800 to a jewelry store.

Rison was charged in April with writing other bad checks for $138,000 to another jewelry store located in Atlanta, but those charges were dismissed because the store did not cooperate with prosecutors, officials said.

The Atlanta store, Elif Fine Jewelry, won a lawsuit against Rison in December for $287,900 in jewelry, plus about $43,000 in legal costs. The company went to prosecutors after it could not collect the debt.

Officials said both stores have been paid in full.

Vikings' Carter fined $5,000

Eden Prairie, Minn. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter was fined $5,000 Thursday for kicking a player during last Monday night's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Carter was fined for kicking Packers defensive back Antuan Edwards, though he was not penalized on the play. Carter was on the ground as he was surrounded by Edwards and seven other Packers.

Carter is the third Viking to be fined this season. Randy Moss was fined $25,000 for grabbing an official's elbow Oct. 29 at Tampa Bay, and Talance Sawyer twice was fined $7,500 for an illegal hit on Detroit Lions quarterback Charlie Batch and a helmet-to-helmet hit on Chicago quarterback Cade McNown.

Alternate juror selected in Carruth murder trial

Charlotte, N.C. Attorneys in the Rae Carruth murder trial agreed Thursday on the first of four alternate jurors to be picked.

The first alternate is a white woman in her 50s who works as a bookkeeper for Kmart.

Prosecutors dismissed two more black men from the jury pool. The first said he is morally opposed to the death penalty, while the second said he doesn't believe in the death penalty but could support it as a juror.

Prosecutors tried to have the second man removed "for cause," meaning he couldn't follow the law in this case, but the judge denied their request. Prosecutors then used one of their challenges to remove him.

The dismissals of the two black men prompted new complaints from defense lawyer David Rudolf, who has alleged racial bias by prosecutors during jury selection.

Ex-Patriot Meggett sues over foot injury

Boston Former New England Patriots running back David Meggett has sued two team doctors and a team trainer for negligence in the treatment of a foot injury he says ended his NFL career.

Meggett is seeking damages for financial loss as a result of pain and suffering, and other damages that "rendered him no longer able to engage in his chosen profession of NFL player."

The suit, which names doctors Bert Zarins and Michael G. Wilson and trainer Ron O'Neil, was filed Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court.

In the suit, Meggett claims that during surgery to repair a right foot fracture on April 16, 1998, Wilson mistakenly severed a tendon.

Bucs' White fined $7,500 by league

Tampa, Fla. Tampa Bay's Steve White was fined $7,500 by the NFL on Thursday for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Chris Chandler that knocked the Atlanta quarterback out of last Sunday's game.

The backup defensive end sacked Chandler early in the second quarter of the Bucs' 27-14 victory, hitting the quarterback head-on as two other Tampa Bay lineman, Warren Sapp and Chidi Ahanotu, converged.

Chandler's helmet popped off when Sapp's elbow inadvertently hit him in the head. The quarterback left the game with a concussion and did not return.

White and Bucs coach Tony Dungy believe White's tackle was legal.

"I don't agree with the fine, and I plan on appealing it," said White, who did not elaborate.

Ex-Steeler arrested

Pittsburgh Former Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Justin Strzelczyk was arrested for illegal gun possession after he slammed a loaded handgun on a bar while discussing the presidential election with a friend. An off-duty Pittsburgh detective at the bar on the city's South Side said Strzelczyk's friend, Garry Smith, picked up the gun and pointed it at him. The detective called police.

Bills' Flutie to start

Orchard Park, N.Y. Doug Flutie will get his fourth straight start this weekend in place of Rob Johnson, who's almost healthy enough to be the Buffalo Bills' backup quarterback. Johnson is close to fully recovering from his separated shoulder, but lacks preparation time to be the starter when the Bills are host to Chicago this Sunday, coach Wade Phillips said following Thursday's practice.

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