Rutherford investigated in nightclub incident

Updated: September 3, 2003, 11:16 AM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- The attorney for Pittsburgh starting quarterback Rod Rutherford says he wants to meet with the lawyers representing the woman who claims the football player kicked out her car window.

Attorney James Wymard says Rutherford is looking for a quick resolution to the problems he faces.

No charges have been filed, but Pittsburgh police say they are investigating whether Rutherford may have kicked out a car window after approaching a vehicle that apparently contained several female acquaintances.

Wymard says the situation could be resolved without any litigation.

On Tuesday, Pittsburgh coach Walt Harris wouldn't say whether Rutherford would be suspended or disciplined for his apparent involvement in the weekend incident at a nightclub.

"We are in the process of gathering information so we are sure we know exactly what happened," Harris said Tuesday. "We're not done. When we're done, we'll give you (the news media) our perception."

Harris agreed the incident has become a distraction to the 10th-ranked Panthers, who didn't play over the Labor Day weekend and open Saturday against Kent State.

"For sure, it's a distraction," Harris said. "I've heard Rod's side (of the story). I want to find out everything. Until we're satisfied we know everything, I'm not going to do anything."

Harris gave no indication when a decision on Rutherford's status for Saturday's game would be made, but there was no indication Tuesday that Rutherford wouldn't play.

"I'm not going to theorize until I get the facts and know what the situation is completely." Harris said. "Until then, I don't want to comment on it."

Rutherford, a senior, led Pitt to a 9-4 record and Insight Bowl victory last season by throwing for 2,783 yards and 22 touchdowns. His 3,181 yards in total offense set a Pittsburgh school record and was the third highest total in Big East history.


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