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Unnecessary Roughness

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Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tim Barnett was sentenced to three years for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old. He had previously been convicted on domestic assault charges, as well as misdemeanor battery and assault. (Chicago Tribune, August 22)

Oakland Raider Harvey Williams pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for battering his wife. He was sentenced to one year probation. (Chicago Tribune, May 23)

A grand jury declined to indict Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Erik Williams on sexual assault charges when he made a civil settlement with the accusing 17-year-old. He told his lawyer the girl consented to have sex with him. (Chicago Tribune, June 29)

Former Bears linebacker Otis Wilson pleaded guilty to domestic battery following an assault on his wife. (Chicago Tribune, September 28)

San Diego Charger Frank Duncan, while acquitted of kidnapping his former girlfriend, was convicted of two charges of battery--one felony, one misdemeanor. (San Jose Mercury News, August 4)

Cincinnati Bengals lineman Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson, accused of punching his pregnant wife in the stomach, pleaded innocent to a charge of domestic violence. (Charlotte Observer, November 17)

The wife of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Warren Moon decided not to press charges after he choked her and chased her in his car. (Los Angeles Daily News, July 20) According to a Vikings spokesperson, the state of Texas is prosecuting him on a charge of Class A misdemeanor assault.

Minnesota Vikings assistant coach Richard Solomon was accused by a former employee of sexual harassment; the case was settled out of court. (Chicago Tribune, February 1)

Miami Dolphins running back Irving Spikes was arrested for beating his wife. He agreed to enter a counseling program and she didn't press charges. (Chicago Tribune, August 28)

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Jeff Heller.

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