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Archive for Thursday, November 22, 2001

UF back mulls lawsuit

November 22, 2001

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— The Florida-Florida State rivalry again has grown into more than just a football game. A soap opera is more like it. Call it The Battle of Twisted Knee.

Gators tailback Earnest Graham said Wednesday he was considering a lawsuit against Seminoles defender Darnell Dockett, the player Graham believes intentionally caused the knee injury that will keep him out three to five weeks.

Graham accused Dockett of twisting his knee in the pile during the third quarter of Florida's 37-13 victory Saturday.

Meanwhile, the coaches, Steve Spurrier and Bobby Bowden, each weighed in with another round of accusations and harsh words.

"I wonder if he instructs this type of action," Spurrier said. "I've had enough, and sometimes someone has to speak out. Everyone in college football knows this kind of (thing) should not happen. And it happens over and over when we play these guys."

"I've never in my 47 years had a coach accuse my players of dirty play," Bowden countered. "But now this is twice he's done it. Sad, really. Usually my response on something like that is to say nothing. I don't like to inflame it. But it keeps coming up. He keeps saying it, so I'll answer some of your questions. I don't like to even give it credence."

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