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Ex-NFLer Phillips' attorney: Car assault unintentional

LOS ANGELES -- Former Nebraska football star Lawrence
Phillips attempted to run over a group of boys with his car because
he was upset about losing a pickup game, a prosecutor told jurors
Thursday.

The 31-year-old Phillips faces seven counts of assault with a
deadly weapon for driving a car onto a soccer field near the Los
Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Aug. 21, 2005, and injuring three
boys. If convicted, he faces more than 13 years in prison.

Defense attorney Leslie Ringold said there was insufficient
evidence that Phillips assaulted anyone. She said evidence shows it
was reckless driving, not assault.

Phillips has a history of trouble with the law going back a
decade to his time as one of the nation's top college football
players.

The St. Louis Rams released him for insubordination in 1997
after he played 25 games with them. Phillips signed with the Miami
Dolphins later in the 1997 season, but was released after pleading
no contest to hitting a woman in a nightclub.

He was the top offensive player in NFL Europe in 1999 after
setting league records for rushing and touchdowns with the
Barcelona Dragons.

He signed with the San Francisco 49ers later that year, but was
released for missing a practice. He also has played in the Canadian
Football League.