WESTLAKE, Ohio -- William Green's fiancee pleaded innocent
Thursday to charges she stabbed the Cleveland Browns running back
at their home.
Green was wounded under his left shoulder blade during a fight
Wednesday, police said. His lawyer, Brian Downey, said the player
was released from the hospital later that night after getting three
Asia Gray, who has two children with Green, is charged with
assault and domestic violence, and if convicted on both counts
could face two to eight years in prison.
"She was in another room when it happened and she called for
help," said her attorney, Henry Hilow. "It's also important to
note that she took him to the hospital."
Gray was released from jail after posting $18,500 bond. Family
members picked her up at the Westlake police department.
Green was placed under a temporary protection order, which means
Gray cannot be within 500 yards of him. Green has moved out and
left his children in the care of family and a nanny at his home.
Police Capt. Guy Turner said detectives removed 17 items of
potential evidence in a search of Green's home on Wednesday night.
He refused to discuss any specifics of what was taken.
Green still has to serve two games of a four-game suspension
from the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse program.
Spokesman Steve Alic said the league had no comment on a report
that Green may have violated terms of his suspension by drinking
alcohol the night before the alleged stabbing.
On Wednesday, Gray made an emergency call to police saying Green
cut himself. Green later told police he was injured when he fell
"It's sad that he was involved in a situation like that,"
Browns coach Butch Davis said. "Certainly his teammates and
coaches are glad it was not more severe."
Police responded to the 911 call from Gray, who requested an
ambulance for Green. But Gray had taken Green to the hospital by
the time the emergency vehicle arrived.
Police wouldn't say what the fight was about or what Green was
Green was arrested Oct. 27 after police said they spotted him
driving erratically. Police said he failed a field sobriety test
and a breath test, and had a bag of marijuana in his car.
Before the NFL suspension, the Browns suspended him Green for
the Nov. 9 game at Kansas City for "conduct detrimental to the
team," and the league will count that game as part of its
Green is not permitted to be at the team's training facility,
and the Browns are not allowed to have contact with him.
Browns president Carmen Policy said the team hopes the league
will make an exception and permit the club to help Green deal with
Green has had a troubled life. He was 12 when his father, a
former heroin addict, died of AIDS. A year later, his mother died
of the disease.
While he was at Boston College, Green twice was suspended for
marijuana use. He was the No. 16 overall pick in the 2002 draft
despite being the top-rated back in that year's class.
The Browns were aware of Green's past drug infractions when they
drafted him. Last year, the club signed him to a five-year contract
worth $12 million if he reaches incentives.