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No jail for Jets
Elliott, Fabini fined for role in July bar brawl
Posted: Saturday February 19, 2000 07:41 PM
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- Veteran New York Jets offensive lineman Jumbo Elliott and teammate Jason Fabini were spared jail time by a Nassau County judge for instigating a summer bar brawl that injured several patrons and three police officers.
Elliott, 34, was fined $250 and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service for his part in the July 10, 1999, fight. A disorderly conduct charge against Fabini would be dropped if he avoided arrest for the next six months, said Judge Joseph Calabrese.
The 6-foot-7, 305-pound Elliott admitted punching one bar patron and urinating in a women's bathroom sink inside Bogart's, a popular Jets' hangout on Long Island. He, Fabini and ex-teammate Matt O'Dwyer were drunk and became violent after arriving at the bar, prosecutors said.
"I'm happy it's over," said Elliott. "This is good, to get the issue resolved so I can move on and deal with other things."
Fabini, 6-foot-7 and 312 pounds, played a lesser role and received a lesser sentence. O'Dwyer, now with the Cincinnati Bengals, previously pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and third-degree assault in connection with the brawl.
O'Dwyer was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $4,373 in restitution for kicking out a police car window.
Elliott was initially charged with one count of third-degree assault and two counts of disorderly conduct, which carried a possible one-year jail term.
He pleaded guilty to harassment and disorderly conduct, and will perform his community service with the Nassau County Police Athletic League.
Fabini, 25, had faced a maximum of 15 days in jail.
A $6.3 million lawsuit, filed two injured bar patrons and the three injured officers, is still pending against Elliott and O'Dwyer.