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Robbins gets five years' probation for brawl with police

MIAMI -- Former NFL lineman Barret Robbins was placed on
probation Monday and ordered to continue treatment for bipolar
disorder under a plea agreement resulting from a brawl with police
who shot him.

Robbins, 32, got five years' probation under the agreement
approved last week by Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Leon Firtel,
who also ordered him to avoid alcohol while on probation. Firtel
found Robbins guilty of five charges -- including attempted murder
and battery. The remaining charges were dropped.

"We felt this was the most appropriate outcome," said Ed
Griffith, a spokesman for Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine
Fernandez Rundle.

The case had been scheduled to go to trial Aug. 28. Robbins'
lawyer did not immediately return a phone call to The Associated
Press seeking comment.

Robbins, once a Pro Bowl center for the Oakland Raiders, was
shot three times and seriously wounded during the Jan. 15, 2005,
brawl with police who were answering a burglary call at a Miami
Beach building. Three police officers were injured in the melee,
including one whose head was rammed into a wall.

During one pretrial hearing, Robbins said he had "come a long
way" since that fight and understood that he must remain on
medication to treat his bipolar disorder.

The police brawl was the most violent of several bizarre
episodes involving Robbins. In 2003, he disappeared from the
Raiders in the days before the Super Bowl in San Diego and was
deactivated for the game after showing up incoherent the night
before.

Robbins regained his spot in the starting lineup the next season
after undergoing treatment at an alcohol rehabilitation center,
then was released in 2004 by the Raiders after testing positive for
steroids. He was arrested for allegedly hitting a security guard in
San Francisco before the Miami Beach fight.