Bridges withdraws appeal of misdemeanor assault conviction

Updated: March 4, 2008, 5:33 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers guard Jeremy Bridges has dropped the appeal of his misdemeanor assault conviction.

Attorney George Laughrun said Bridges made the decision when he learned he would face no further penalties from the NFL.

"He just wanted to go ahead and get this behind him and move on," Laughrun said Tuesday.

Bridges was arrested a day before players reported to training camp in July and charged with pointing a gun at a woman outside a strip club.

He pleaded not guilty but was convicted by a judge during a one-day trial last November. Bridges was given a 60-day suspended jail sentence and ordered to perform community service.

The Panthers suspended Bridges for the first two regular-season games.

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