Fiancee barred from seeing Green
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 stitches.
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."
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The Plain Dealer reported that a server at Cleveland's Hard Rock Cafe confirmed Green was at the bar Tuesday evening and that he served him alcohol. A local sports talk radio host, WKNR's Kenny Roda, was broadcasting his show from the Hard Rock that night and also saw Green there, according to the report.
It is possible that Green could be suspended at least an additional four games under Stage II of the NFL's substance abuse policy. If the league moves him to Stage III, he could be suspended for a full year and would then have to apply for reinstatement.
The NFL substance abuse policy directive states that "the illegal use of drugs and the abuse of prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and alcohol is prohibited for players in the National Football League. Moreover, the use of alcohol may be prohibited for individual players in certain situations where clinically indicated in accordance with the terms of this Policy."
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 down stairs.
"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 stabbed with.
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 suspension.
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 his problems.
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.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press
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