Assault charge dropped against ex-Red Wing Probert

Updated: November 4, 2005, 3:28 PM ET
Associated Press

WINDSOR, Ontario -- An assault charge has been withdrawn against former NHL enforcer Bob Probert, accused of brawling with police at his home.

The 40-year-old Probert had been charged with assault with intent to resist arrest in July. Police were called to his lakeshore property after reports he had been drinking and was damaging property.

But a lawyer for the former Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks player said that videotape surveillance from the home shows no such offenses took place.

Probert was acquitted in Delray Beach, Fla., last winter of battery on a police officer, resisting an officer with violence and threatening an officer.

While playing for the Red Wings from 1985-86 to 1993-94, Probert was charged several times with driving under the influence. He also was caught trying to carry cocaine from Canada into the United States, and served a prison term.

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