League would examine during background check

Updated: February 7, 2004, 2:38 PM ET
By Tom Farrey | ESPN.com

If Maurice Clarett enters the NFL draft this April, the suspended Ohio State tailback can expect to have his relationship with an admitted football gambler scrutinized by the league's security office.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Friday that the standard pre-draft background check of draft-eligible players would include an examination of Clarett's close association with benefactor Robert Dellimuti.

Dellimuti is the Warren, Ohio, caterer whose phone records show, as reported by ESPN.com, ...

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