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Marion charged with theft and fraud

By wire services
Published May 27, 2004

ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Lions safety Brock Marion was charged in Florida with theft and filing a fraudulent vehicle insurance claim.

Marion, the ex-Dolphin, surrendered to police in Plantation on Tuesday. He was released after posting bond.

Lions VP Bill Keenist declined comment. Police said Marion reported his van stolen on Feb. 11 and filed an insurance claim in which he collected about $54,247. The van was eventually recovered at an Albany, N.Y., chop shop as part of an auto theft investigation.

Plantation police said Marion told them he left the vehicle with a friend while in Honolulu for the Pro Bowl. After returning, the two went to eat and the vehicle was missing when they returned.

Police said Marion knew the van was taken but not stolen, and that he also knew who took it. But he still filed the insurance claim.

Conviction on the grand theft charge could carry a sentence of 15 years, while the insurance fraud carries a maximum sentence of five years.

OWNERS MEETINGS: Here's a recap of the major matters discussed:

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said the league is looking to create a tradition of beginning each season with a Thursday night game on the homefield of the defending Super Bowl champions.

The league is looking into playing a preseason game in Shanghai or Beijing before the 2008 Olympic Games in China.

The owners agreed to expand each team's practice squad from five to eight players.

NFL SUED: The estate of Hall of Fame center Mike Webster has sued the league's retirement and disability plans for denying him a "fair" disability pension for injuries caused by his career.

The suit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, where the NFL Player Retirement Plan and the NFL Player Supplemental Disability Plan are administered, attorney Cyril V. Smith, who is representing Webster's estate, said Wednesday.

Webster, who played center for the Steelers from 1974-89, died Sept. 22, 2002 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was 50 and was survived by four children.

According to the suit, Webster, who played 177 consecutive games, was diagnosed with brain damage resulting from the long-term head trauma he sustained during his NFL career.

TITANS: Owner Bud Adams said Eddie George could be a salary-cap casualty on June 1.

"I don't think he'll be with us," Adams told the Tennessean. "I'll be watching someone else for the Titans. That's not what we intended, but it looks like that's the way it's going to be."

[Last modified May 27, 2004, 01:00:38]


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