Hall of Famer Brown surrenders for jail sentencePosted: Wednesday March 13, 2002 1:36 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown surrendered Wednesday to begin serving a six-month jail sentence for refusing counseling and community service after being convicted of vandalizing his wife's car.
Brown, wearing a denim jacket, jeans and green hat, arrived arm in arm with his wife, Monique Brown.
The former running back was sentenced on Jan. 5, 2000, for misdemeanor vandalism. Jurors acquitted him of making a terrorist threat against his wife during a June 15, 1999, argument at the couple's Hollywood Hills home.
Brown did not speak when he surrendered. He was not handcuffed.
As Brown was led off by deputies, he thrust his fist into the air. Friends in the courtroom did the same and several said, "Love you, man."
Brown previously said he would serve the jail sentence with "dignity and pride," even though he believed he was being singled out for prosecution.
"I believe that the court abused their discretion. The incarceration of Mr. Brown is vindictive," Brown's attorney Milton Grimes said Wednesday. "[Monique Brown] called the police but didn't want anything done. He was convicted of the destruction of his own property."
Grimes intends to continue efforts to have Brown released.
Judge Dale S. Fischer initially sentenced Brown to a year of domestic violence counseling. She also ordered the former Cleveland Browns star to spend 40 days on a work crew cleaning up streets or to put in 400 hours of community service, pay $1,800 in fines and serve three years on probation.
When Brown refused to go to counseling, the judge imposed the jail term, although she ordered it stayed pending an appeal that was later denied.
Brown also tried to have Fischer disqualified for bias, but the motion was also denied.
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Cadrez has played for the New York Jets and Denver as well as the Chiefs in a 10-year career.
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Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Crockett, 27, started 15 games last season and posted a career-high 54 tackles.
A fourth-round pick out of Florida State in 1997, Crockett started 61 of 73 games with the Falcons and recorded 272 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks, 14 passes defensed and three forced fumbles.
Crockett was signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos last spring, but was traded back to Atlanta for a draft pick during training camp.
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Terms of Moore's contract weren't immediately available. The Redskins cleared salary cap space late Tuesday by releasing kick returner Michael Bates.
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His contract with Buffalo is for $1.8 million over three years and includes a $150,000 signing bonus.
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Morabito was released by the Panthers prior to the start of the 2001 season. He was a two-year starter with the team.
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