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Rams exec faces rebuke for threat

By wire services
Published September 15, 2005

ST. LOUIS - An executive with the St. Louis Rams will be reprimanded for leaving a threatening phone message on the voice mail of a St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist.

The Rams told the Post-Dispatch that team executive Samir Suleiman faces discipline, but declined to say what it would be. A call to the Rams on Wednesday was not returned.

"It's shocking that he would leave a message like that," Rams president John Shaw told the Post-Dispatch . "It's the type of behavior that we don't condone at any level. He will be reprimanded, and it will be handled internally."

On Aug. 28, sports columnist Bernie Miklasz wrote that he was disturbed by "infighting and politics" within the Rams organization and said executives owe any head coach their support.

"Be it (Mike) Martz or another man, I don't care who sits in the head coach's office at Rams Park. The head coach should be backed, not back-stabbed, by associates," Miklasz wrote.

Suleiman left a message on Miklasz's voice mail, stating, in part, "Tell your source that I'm not a back-stabber, I'm a (expletive) throat slasher, and he'll know the difference before it's all said and done."

Suleiman, director of football administration, has worked for the Rams for six years. He assists president of football operations Jay Zygmunt on salary cap issues and contract negotiations.

Tickets remain for Saints at Giants

The Giants, who have sold out 235 straight games since moving into their Meadowlands stadium in 1976, still have thousands of tickets available for the Sept.19 game against the Saints, team spokesman Pat Hanlon said.

The game, originally scheduled for the Louisiana Superdome, was moved to Giants Stadium two weeks ago after Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The Giants have sold out every game since moving to their stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, N.J. 29 years ago. The team has 80,000 people on a waiting list for season tickets.

Hanlon said timing of the decision to move the game to the stadium in New Jersey may be a reason there are seats left. He wouldn't be specific on how many tickets, which cost $70 and $80, were unsold. The team is selling them through Ticketmaster outlets.

Giants and Saints season-ticket holders got the first chance to buy tickets, then the remainder were made available to the public early this week.

CHIEFS: Running back Larry Johnson, who turned himself in this week to face an assault charge, says he's not an abuser of women. "This is something I don't want to be named for as a woman beater because that is not my M.O," he said Wednesday. "That is not how I was raised," Johnson turned himself in Monday to face an assault charge in connection with an altercation with his girlfriend.

EAGLES: Quarterback Donovan McNabb didn't practice because of a bruised chest, but the five-time Pro Bowl player said he will play in the home opener against San Francisco.

If McNabb, listed as questionable, can't play, longtime backup Koy Detmer isn't a lock to get the start. Detmer shared reps with third-string quarterback Mike McMahon in practice, and coach Andy Reid wouldn't select a potential starter.

FALCONS: Cornerback Kevin Mathis, who was kicked out of the season opener against Philadelphia after a scuffle in pregame warmups, won't play in Game 2 either. He injured his left knee in practice Wednesday, and the Falcons fear it could be serious. He was on crutches in the locker room and being sent for an MRI exam.

In another potential blow to the secondary depth, return specialist Allen Rossum was shaken up toward the end of practice, apparently tweaking his hamstring. He was listed as questionable.

RAVENS: Ten-year veteran quarterback Kordell Stewart, 32, was signed to play behind Anthony Wright, who will replace injured Kyle Boller as the starter Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

SEAHAWKS: Defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes plans to be at Sunday's game against Atlanta, but will not call plays. He was hospitalized last week after suffering from dizziness. ... Tight end Itula Mili was listed as doubtful, still bothered by a blockage in his intestine.

TITANS: Linebacker Keith Bulluck sat out his first practice in years because of a sore right calf, but says he won't miss Sunday's home opener with the Baltimore Ravens.

VIKINGS: Wide receiver Koren Robinson was sentenced Wednesday to 50 hours of community service for parole violations following his July guilty plea to driving under the influence.

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