Judge wants Robbins back in Florida

Updated: August 23, 2005, 12:30 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- A Florida judge revoked bail Tuesday for former Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins on charges of attempted murder stemming from a brawl with police officers because of his recent arrest in Texas on a drug charge.

Robbins, who was shot by Miami Beach officers during the January fight, has been in a Houston psychiatric hospital since his arrest Aug. 13 in San Antonio on a marijuana possession charge. Robbins suffers from bipolar disorder, and it remains unclear when he will be fit to return to Florida.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Kevin Emas revoked the $51,000 bond that Robbins posted in the Florida case, but Robbins attorney Edward O'Donnell said his client "is in a lockdown situation" and cannot travel immediately.

"He's not fit to be discharged," O'Donnell said.

Emas wants answers as soon as possible.

"I want to know, when can he surrender in court? I need him in front of me," the judge said.

O'Donnell said he would give the judge a date for Robbins to return after conferring with his Texas doctors.

Robbins, a former Pro Bowl selection, fought with several Miami Beach officers after they answered a burglary call in a building that housed a pub, gym and jewelry store. They shot him twice in the chest, leaving him with wounds that kept him hospitalized for weeks.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Robbins' well-chronicled troubles began when he disappeared before the Super Bowl in San Diego in early 2003, then showed up the night before the game in an incoherent state and was deactivated for the game.

After spending a month in an alcohol rehabilitation center, Robbins lost weight and regained his spot in the Raiders' starting lineup the following year.

But the Raiders released him last summer after he tested positive for steroids. Before the Miami Beach fight, he was arrested for allegedly hitting a security guard in San Francisco.

Robbins, who played at 380 pounds, was listed by San Antonio police as 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds.


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