Assault charges against linebacker Slaughter dropped

Updated: November 5, 2003, 8:09 PM ET

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Prosecutors dropped charges Wednesday against former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker T.J. Slaughter, accused of pointing a gun at two men in a passing car while he was driving.

Slaughter's attorney, Hank Coxe, said Slaughter reached an agreement with state prosecutors to surrender his gun and make a $500 charitable donation in exchange for dropping the charges.

"I believed in my innocence from the outset of this unfortunate matter," Slaughter said. "I now wish to resume my professional football career as soon as possible and move on."

The fourth-year linebacker was arrested for aggravated assault Oct. 27 after two men in a passing car called police, saying Slaughter pointed a gun at them. The men said they pulled alongside Slaughter to admire the tire rims on his car.

Slaughter told police he carried a gun in the center console of his vehicle, but that he never pointed it at anyone.

The day after his arrest, the Jaguars cut Slaughter, saying the move was performance related.

Slaughter has not yet signed with another team.

His agent, Michael Huyghue, said his preference would be to get Slaughter on with another team, but he hasn't ruled out filing a union grievance against the Jaguars; Slaughter could claim the team cut him because of a legal issue that hadn't been resolved.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio maintains the team didn't cut Slaughter because of the arrest, but because he wasn't playing up to standards.

Slaughter, a third-round draft pick out of Southern Mississippi in 2000, started 29 of 42 games with the Jaguars, including three of six this season.

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