As for Elliott, he's lying low. He graduated in December and is a teacher at a junior high school in Rosenberg, Texas. "He's no longer a football player, and he just wants to get on with his life," says lawyer Mike Orsak, a friend and adviser. Elliott declined to be interviewed by SI, though at one point Orsak did say an interview with Elliott might be possible if two subjects were not brought up: "Gambling and how he put himself through college."
The embattled Dr. Forest Tennant last week asked to be relieved of his duties as the NFL's drug adviser as of April 1. Tennant had been under fire since Super Bowl week, when Washington, D.C., television station WJLA, picking up on an SI story from last summer (July 10), aired reports critical of Tennant and the NFL drug-testing program (SCORECARD, Feb. 5). Tennant's employer, Community Health Projects Inc., which operates drug-treatment clinics in Southern California, had been considering asking Tennant to give up his NFL work because it was bringing the clinics so much negative publicity.
Although it's a positive step, Tennant's resignation isn't a cure-all for the NFL's troubled drug program. In its investigation, SI found irregularities and misrepresentations in nearly every facet of the program. With or without Tennant, the league must strive to make sure such abuses don't recur.
The indecision of prized Morrow (Ga.) High wide receiver Andre Hastings about which college he would attend next fall (SI, Feb. 26) continued until the very last minute. For weeks Hastings had wavered between Florida State, Notre Dame and Georgia. Finally, at about 6:20 p.m. on Feb. 20, just 40 minutes before he was to sign his letter of intent, Hastings said in an interview with WAGA-TV in Atlanta that he was leaning toward Notre Dame. Hastings then went home and changed both his clothes and his mind. "I didn't decide for sure until I sat down to sign," says Hastings. "I finally decided I wanted to stay close to home." His choice: Georgia.
When Constable David Wilson of London's Royal Parks Police was on motorbike patrol in Richmond Park recently, he chased down Constance Scrafield and ticketed her for speeding. What's odd is that Scrafield, a 42-year-old writer, was aboard her 14-year-old horse, Patrick.
Wilson, who says Patrick was going 30 mph up a hill, cited Scrafield for riding the horse "at full gallop." Park rules specify that horses may not be ridden faster than a "hand canter," which is much slower than a gallop. "When horses are loosening up on the track before a race, that's a hand canter," says London parks spokesman Toby Sargent. "She, in effect, was charged with heading for the finishing post rather than loosening up."
Scrafield has appealed her fine (the equivalent of about $80) on the grounds that Wilson got his facts wrong and was out to get her for having galloped in the park in the past. To the delight of the British media, who have made her into a minor celebrity, Scrafield took Patrick to Epsom Race Course last week to prove that he could never run 30 mph up a hill. Sure enough, his top speed on a slightly uphill stretch was 23 mph.
"I freely admit to you that I gallop Patrick," says Scrafield. "He's a good horse. You've got to. But I wasn't galloping him that day. This constable's got it in for me."