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No More Mr. RightMoral paragon Mark Chmura of the Packers is accused of sexual assault of a teenager
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Big John's Scorecard

Sage of the links Harvey Penick might have had John Daly in mind when he wrote that in both golf and life, "you must accept your disappointments and triumphs equally." Lord knows Daly has had plenty of both in his 33 years.

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1973
At age 7, teaches himself to play at Bay Ridge Boat and Golf Club in Dardanelle, Ark., using adult set of Jack Nicklaus McGregors

1978
At 12, sips homemade wine from mason jar; wins men's title in Fredricksburg, Va., at Lake of the Woods Country Club

1987
Meets Dale Crafton, scion of one of most prestigious families in Blytheville, Ark., in Blytheville hotel bar; they marry

1989
Divorce goes through while he's in Swaziland on South African tour; breaks right pinkie while trashing hotel room but still wins event

1991
Wins PGA Championship as ninth alternate; gives $30,000 of prize money to family of fan killed by lightning during tournament

1992
Domestic dispute with second wife, Bettye, leads to plea bargain for misdemeanor harassment, two years' probation

JAN. 1993
Enters rehab at clinic in Arizona; counseled by former Cowboy and cocaine addict Thomas ( Hollywood) Henderson

MAY 1993
Shoots 6-over 77 in first round of Kemper Open; is disqualified from the tournament after failing to sign scorecard

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Becomes first ever to reach green in two on 630-yard par-5 17th at Baltusrol, longest hole in U.S. Open history; finishes 33rd

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NOV. 1993
Receives second PGA Tour suspension after picking up ball on 11th hole of Kapalua International in Maui and quitting

1995
Prevails over Costantino Rocca in four- hole playoff at St. Andrews to win British Open, his second major

1996
Finishes 18th in Volvo Scandinavian Masters in Sweden; downs three beers to end three years, seven months of sobriety

APRIL 1997
Leaves Betty Ford Clinic; third wife, Paulette, files for divorce; Wilson terminates endorsement deal with him

MAY-JUNE '97
Signs four-year, $8 million contract with Callaway; withdraws from U.S. Open after 27 holes because he has the shakes

JUNE 1999
Is tied for lead for most of first round of U.S. Open but shoots septuple-bogey 11 on 8th in final round and finishes last with 29-over 309

SEPT. 1999
Dumped by Callaway after admitting to drinking and gambling; says he fell off wagon after 26 months by pounding 12-pack in June

JAN. 2000
Signs one-year endorsement deal with Sobe; says that the company's non- alcoholic beverages "taste good with vodka"

APRIL 2000
Argues with recovering- addict girlfriend in a McDonald's parking lot over who's driving home; cops mediate but make no arrests

No More Mr. Right
Moral paragon Mark Chmura of the Packers is accused of sexual assault of a teenager

It wasn't too long ago that Packers tight end Mark Chmura, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was Mr. Green Bay. A 1992 sixth-round draft choice out of Boston College, Chmura was a dedicated family man who appeared in United Way commercials with his wife, Lynda; a rock-ribbed Republican seemingly headed for political office when his playing days were over; a guy whose rugged good looks caused women to swoon. Chmura, nicknamed Chewy, was a man with such an acute moral sense that he refused to visit the White House with other members of the 1997 Super Bowl-champion Packers, so deeply did he disapprove of President Clinton's character. Now, though, it's Chmura's morals, as well as his future in Green Bay, that are in question.

Chmura was arrested on April 10 after an alleged sexual encounter the day before with a 17-year-old girl at a party following the prom for Waukesha's Catholic Memorial High. Police say Chmura had nonconsensual sex with the girl—who often babysat the Chmuras' two sons—on a bathroom floor in the house of Chmura's friend Robert Gessert. Cops have recommended charges of third-degree sexual assault against Chmura and Gessert, 42, who's accused of fondling an 18-year-old girl at the party. Charges are pending based on forensic tests; the two men are due back in court on May 15.

Gessert's house is about two blocks from Chmura's in the Milwaukee suburb of Hartland. According to a police affidavit, the 17-year-old girl said that Chmura, Gessert and an unidentified third man arrived at the party at about 3:30 a.m. and began playing drinking games. Approximately 45 minutes later, police say, Chmura, Gessert, the two girls and others were in a hot tub. The 17-year-old told police that Gessert gave her a vodka drink and that she became "very intoxicated." Police say the 18-year-old was so drunk she vomited in the hot tub but that Gessert still fondled her.

At some point, police say, the 17-year-old left the tub and went upstairs to change. When she returned, the 6'5", 255-pound Chmura met her near a first-floor bathroom. According to police, Chmura, wearing only white boxers and a dark-colored towel, led the girl into a bathroom, locked the door, removed her jeans and underwear and had sex with her.

Last week Chmura's lawyer, Gerald Boyle, didn't dispute that his client was at Gessert's house that night but declined to discuss details of what Chmura did while he was there. Police took blood and hair samples from Chmura and confiscated underwear from his residence. As of Monday, Chmura was free on $5,000 bail.

Following the incident, which took place at the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Week in Wisconsin, the Packers were mum except for a prepared statement: "As an organization we are disappointed that Mark Chmura is involved in the type of situation that has been reported." Their actions spoke louder. With the 14th pick in last Saturday's draft, Green Bay selected Bubba Franks, a tight end out of Miami.

T-WOLVES' TACO TORMENT
Curses! Chalupaed Again!

Last December, Sonics guard Brent Barry incensed the Timberwolves and their coach, Flip Saunders, by sinking a three-pointer with just 11 seconds left in a 110-94 Seattle win—a shot meaningless to all but the 13,180 Key Arena fans chanting for chalupas, the Taco Bell treat offered up two-for-the-price-of-one when the Sonics score 110 or more points in a home win (SCORECARD, Dec. 20).

The Mexican delights were on the line again in the waning moments of the Minnesota- Seattle game last week, and again Barry was the delivery man. His free throw with 8.5 seconds left gave the Sonics the magic number in a 110-83 victory and the crowd of 14,178 reason to hit the drive-thru. Once more Saunders was chafing over chalupas. "Every time we come in here," he said flippantly, "the fans get to eat."

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