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Jackson's charges dropped

By GREG AUMAN and Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 8, 2001


GAINESVILLE -- Charges filed against Saints and former University of Florida player Willie Jackson after an altercation with police have been dropped by the state attorney's office.

The complaints were the result of an incident March 21 in nearby Waldo when police Officer David Kirkland responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked for two hours at a Hess Food Store.

Kirkland reported that when he tried to question the people in the car, Jackson became belligerent, pushed a door into him and tried to run away. Kirkland reported he twice used pepper spray on Jackson during their struggle.

Waldo police filed a sworn complaint with the state attorney's office charging Jackson with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence and disorderly conduct.

The state attorney's office dropped the charges May 15.

"The circumstances don't require us to do more to punish him," Assistant State Attorney Jeanne Singer said. "The facts themselves don't merit prosecution."

CAPEL UPDATE: As expected, ex-Florida player and Olympic sprinter John Capel reached a deferred prosecution agreement that will allow him to have a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana cleared from his record in six months.

Capel, in minicamp as a rookie with the Bears this week, did not make the trip to the Alachua County Courthouse for Thursday's arraignment, but his attorney was present to finalize the agreement.

"In six months, if indeed he is not arrested, the case will be dismissed," said Michael Hornung of Fort Myers. Hornung said Capel will make a $100 donation to Gainesville's Black on Black Crime Task Force as part of the arrangement.

PATS SIGN SMITH: Running back Antowain Smith signed a one-year contract after four years with Buffalo. No terms were given.

RAVENS HONORED: The Super Bowl champions were honored by President Bush during a short ceremony in the East Room of the East Wing. The celebration occurred a little more than four months after Baltimore beat the Giants 34-7 in the Super Bowl on Jan. 28.

"I think our allies should look at the defense of the Baltimore Ravens," Bush said.

The best player on that defense, linebacker Ray Lewis, stood inconspicuously in the third row. He was one of several players to shake hands with the president after the 15-minute ceremony.

"It's what you play for, to be recognized by the man in charge of everything," Lewis said.

Among the players who didn't make the trip was ex-Buc quarterback Trent Dilfer, who was released in the off-season.

BENGALS: Hamilton County commissioners Wednesday approved a settlement to end a lawsuit by season-ticket holders who were given less-desirable seats in the new Paul Brown Stadium than the ones they paid for.

The settlement will let nearly 2,500 choose whether to upgrade their seats at no charge, keep their seats and be refunded the difference in cost, or give up their seat licenses and get a full refund.

BILLS: Linebacker Corey Moore, shot in the left leg early June 1, is scheduled to appear in Tennessee's Haywood County General Sessions Court on Tuesday to face an aggravated assault charge after a man was hit with a beer bottle May 15. It was not known whether last week's shooting and the aggravated assault charge are related.

CHIEFS: Former Denver linebacker Glenn Cadrez agreed to a one-year deal. Terms weren't disclosed. The team released cornerback Carlton Gray, who hours later agreed to terms with Cincinnati, pending a physical.

EAGLES: The team broke ground for a stadium, scheduled to be completed in August 2003.

LIONS: The team signed free agents Tony Semple (guard), Larry Foster (wide receiver) and Kywin Supernaw (defensive back), and quarterback Mike McMahon. Terms weren't announced.

RAIDERS: Owner Al Davis called Pittsburgh owner Dan Rooney and Cleveland president Carmen Policy "two punks who cheated flagrantly on the salary cap," according to USA Today.

Davis attacked Rooney, who called him a "lying creep" for his testimony during his recent trial against the league, which the Raiders lost, and Policy, who said Davis couldn't be trusted.

"Rooney and Policy, they were the first two guys to get caught," Davis said in the newspaper report. "They were given the highest fines, manipulated the salary cap, cheated on their partners, and they're talking about me?"

Davis is pondering an appeal of the jury's verdict against the Raiders' claim that the league forced them out of Los Angeles.

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