Green pleads not guilty to charges

Updated: October 30, 2003, 12:38 AM ET
Associated Press

WESTLAKE, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns running back William Green pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana possession.

Green was arrested Monday after police received a call from a motorist reporting a possible drunken driver. An officer found a bag of marijuana weighing 3.2 grams in the car, and a breath test indicated Green had a blood-alcohol content of .165, more than twice the state's limit, police said.

Green, who leads Cleveland with 559 yards on 142 carries, was released on bond. He and his attorney did not comment after the arraignment.

If convicted of the DUI charge, Green could be put on probation or face up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. His license could be suspended for up to three years. The marijuana charge is a misdemeanor and carries a $100 fine.

"Our team policy dictates that we handle all incidents involving our players within the organization on an individual basis," Browns president Carmen Policy said. "William is represented by counsel, and we have been assured that we will be kept advised throughout these proceedings. We will work in conjunction with the National Football League to monitor this matter closely."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello would not comment specifically on Green's case. But Aiello did say that under the league's substance abuse policy, any player breaking alcohol- or drug-related laws is subject to a fine and suspension.

A patrolman observed Green's car weaving and being driven on a flat front tire, according to police. A breath test indicated Green had a blood-alcohol content of .165, more than twice the state's limit, police said.

Green, in his second NFL season, missed Cleveland's game last Sunday against the New England Patriots with a separated right shoulder. It would have been a homecoming of sorts for Green, who starred at Boston College before turning pro after his junior season.

While at BC, Green was twice suspended from the team for marijuana use.

The Browns made him the 16th overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft.

Following a slow start as a rookie, Green ran for 887 yards -- 726 in his final seven games -- as the Browns won seven of their last 10 games to earn a playoff spot.

The Browns have a bye week. After practicing Wednesday, Cleveland's players have four days off and do not have to report back until Monday.


Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press

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