Ex-Raiders center Robbins jailed in Miami

Updated: September 7, 2005, 1:15 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- A judge ordered former Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins jailed for at least two weeks Wednesday because he possessed marijuana while awaiting trial on attempted murder charges stemming from a brawl with police officers.

Defense attorney Edward O'Donnell said Robbins, who has a history of mental illness, would get medication while jailed. He said his client has been doing well in treatment.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Kevin Emas scheduled a hearing for Sept. 21 to see if Robbins could be treated elsewhere for his bipolar disorder.

Robbins was shot and seriously wounded by Miami Beach officers during the January fight. He was transferred to a Texas hospital in April after posting a $51,000 bond. He was arrested in San Antonio on Aug. 13 after a bicycle officer smelled marijuana in his car. He spent time in a Houston psychiatric hospital before coming to Miami for the hearing Wednesday.

Robbins has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder charges. He 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.

Robbins' public 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.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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