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Rozelle Suspends Mack for 30 Days

September 01, 1989|CHRIS BAKER

BEREA, Ohio — Fullback Kevin Mack of the Cleveland Browns was suspended for 30 days for violating the National Football League drug policy, Commissioner Pete Rozelle announced Thursday.

Mack was charged with drug abuse, sale and aggravated drug trafficking after Cleveland police found 11 $50 bags of crack cocaine in his car last June. After reaching a plea bargain, Mack pleaded guilty to one count of drug abuse Wednesday. He will be sentenced after a probation and drug-use pre-sentence report is completed, and faces up to 1 1/2 years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

Mack said he wasn't surprised by the suspension.

"Under the circumstances, I kind of expected it," Mack said. "I am saddened by it. It brings back some cold hard memories."

Mack will miss the Browns' final exhibition game against Tampa Bay Saturday and the opening three regular-season games. He would be eligible to return Oct. 1 against Denver.

"I think the decision by Rozelle was fair," said Art Modell, the Browns' owner. "I don't like it but it was fair."

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