Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Browns RB Green arrested on DUI, marijuana charges
WESTLAKE, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns running back William
Green pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges of marijuana possession
and driving under the influence.
Green was arrested Monday after police received a call from a
motorist reporting a possible drunken driver. An officer found a
bag of marijuana weighing 3.2 grams in the car, and a breath test
indicated Green had a blood-alcohol content of .165, more than
twice the state's limit, police said.
Green, who leads Cleveland with 559 yards on 142 carries, was
released on bond. He and his attorney did not comment after the
If convicted of the DUI charge, Green could be put on probation
or face up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. His license
could be suspended for up to three years. The marijuana charge is a
misdemeanor and carries a $100 fine.
Browns president Carmen Policy said the case would be handled
within the organization. Cleveland (3-5) next plays on Nov. 9 at
Kansas City, and it was unclear if Green would be available.
In 2001, Browns coach Butch Davis suspended defensive tackle
Gerard Warren, fullback Mike Sellers and cornerback Lamar Chapman
for one game without pay following their arrests in separate cases.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said any player breaking alcohol or
drug laws could be fined and suspended.
Green, in his second NFL season, missed Cleveland's game last
Sunday against the New England Patriots with a separated right
shoulder. It would have been a homecoming of sorts for Green, who
starred at Boston College before turning pro after his junior
While at BC, Green was twice suspended from the team for
marijuana use. The Browns made him the 16th overall pick in the
2002 NFL draft.
Following a slow start as a rookie, Green ran for 887 yards --
726 in his final seven games -- as the Browns won seven of their
last 10 games to earn a playoff spot.