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Bettis Being Investigated

September 07, 2002|From Associated Press

Police are investigating Pittsburgh Steeler running back Jerome Bettis after a woman accused him of sexual misconduct.

The woman, who was not identified, told police Bettis attacked her in his car on Aug. 21, after she'd met him at a bar to have a football autographed.

Bettis' lawyer, Bob Del Greco, confirmed Friday that police in Greensburg--about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh--contacted the player about the woman's claim. Del Greco said Bettis is cooperating with the investigation.

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Cleveland Brown starting quarterback Tim Couch, who has a sore right arm, probably will not play Sunday, but running back William Green will be ready. Green missed practice Thursday with a back spasm but was listed as probable after practicing Friday.

Cleveland safety Chris Akins was hospitalized Friday night following a one-car accident in Brook Park, Ohio. He was listed in stable condition.

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New England Patriot linebacker Ted Johnson returned to the team but declined to give a specific reason for his three-day absence.... The Jacksonville Jaguars added Mark Brunell to their injury report, listing him as probable after he strained his groin in practice. Linebacker T.J. Slaughter was suspended for four games after violating the NFL policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.

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