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O'Dwyer sentenced for role in fight

Bengals guard ordered to undergo alcohol treatment

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Posted: Monday February 07, 2000 08:24 PM


LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) -- Cincinnati Bengals guard Matt O'Dwyer was sentenced Monday to three years of probation and ordered to undergo alcohol treatment counseling after admitting his role in a July bar brawl.

O'Dwyer, formerly of the New York Jets, was charged after an altercation at Bogart's Bar and Restaurant in Long Beach that also involved two Jets players, offensive tackles Jumbo Elliott and Jason Fabini.

O'Dwyer, who pleaded guilty in October to disorderly conduct and third-degree assault, was sentenced to probation Monday by Long Beach City Court Judge Roy Tepper. In addition to probation and alcohol treatment, O'Dwyer was ordered to pay nearly $4,400 in restitution to both the city of Long Beach and Nassau County.

Elliott was charged with one count of third-degree assault and two counts of disorderly conduct. If convicted, Elliott faces up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Fabini was charged with one count of disorderly conduct and faces a maximum of 15 days in jail and a maximum fine of $250.

Their next court date is Feb. 29.

Police said that the 6-foot-7, 308-pound Elliott triggered the brawl last July 10 by urinating in a sink in the women's bathroom at in the bar, then punching two patrons.

O'Dwyer kicked out the window of a police car, sending shattered glass onto two officers, police said.

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