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NFL Is Reportedly Conducting Two Investigations of Patriots

February 21, 1986

The National Football League reportedly is conducting two investigations involving the New England Patriots.

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle has asked for a complete investigation into the team's drug situation and into the background of Phil Malina, according to Boston Globe sports columnist Will McDonough.

McDonough said Malina, who was not otherwise identified but reportedly is working on behalf of Patriot Vice President Chuck Sullivan, allegedly tried to get a loan for Stadium Management Co., which Sullivan owns, from the Central State Teamsters Union.

The NFL wants to know who Malina is and why he was trying to get the loan, the newspaper said.

Warren Welch, director of security for the NFL, is reportedly conducting the investigations at Rozelle's request.

Rozelle plans to speak with Patriot Coach Raymond Berry and General Manager Patrick Sullivan about the disclosure of some players' names in connection with the team's reported drug problem this season, the newspaper said. Revealing the names violates the collective bargaining agreement between the players' union and the owners.

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