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Ex-Cowboys star Williams charged with assault

Posted: Wednesday May 07, 2003 3:28 PM
Updated: Wednesday May 07, 2003 10:48 PM

PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Former Dallas Cowboys star Erik Williams was charged with attacking his wife at their home outside Philadelphia.

Williams, a four-time Pro Bowl player, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of simple assault and harassment and released on $7,500 bail.

Police were called to the Charlestown Township home April 25. Williams' wife, Chanda Williams, told police her husband was drunk and an argument turned physical, authorities said. She ran from the house and hid in the woods, police said.

She had a 3-inch scratch on her face, scratches on her forearms and a limp from a bruised left thigh, police said.

Defense attorney Robert Donatoni said the couple was still together and trying to work things out.

The 34-year-old former offensive lineman played for the Cowboys from 1991-00, helping them win three Super Bowls.

Saints draft pick Gardner gets probation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- New Orleans Saints draft pick Talman Gardner was sentenced to a year of probation and 250 hours of community service Wednesday after pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and having a concealed, loaded handgun.

The gun charge was originally a felony before being reduced to improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon.

Gardner, a seventh-round pick out of Florida State in last month's draft, was arrested along with former Seminole Malcolm Tatum in the early morning hours of April 7 while driving through a residential neighborhood.

Gardner consented to having his automobile searched. Investigators said they found a loaded pistol in the panel of the driver's side door, and marijuana in Gardner's pocket. He told police he was given the gun by his brother-in-law for protection.

One of the fastest players at Florida State, Gardner caught 89 passes for 1,589 yards and 19 touchdowns during his career.

Gardner was originally projected as second- or third-round pick in the draft before he was arrested.

Giants sign DE John Frank

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants signed defensive end John Frank, who has never played in a regular-season NFL game.

He was a sixth-round draft choice in 2000 by the Philadelphia Eagles but retired on the eve of training camp that year.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Frank rejoined the Eagles in 2001, spending the season on their practice squad, then was signed and waived by the Jets in 2002.

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