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Monday, August 7, 2006
Redskins' Taylor fined but not suspended over assault case

Associated Press

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor has been fined but will not be suspended for his no-contest pleas in an assault case in Florida.

The NFL announced Monday that Taylor has been fined four 2005 game checks -- which amounts to $71,764 based on a salary of $305,000 -- for pleading no contest in June to misdemeanor counts of simple battery and simple assault arising from a dispute over all-terrain vehicles in Miami in 2005.

In a statement, the NFL said Taylor will have the opportunity to earn back a portion of the fine if he complies with specified league requirements. The statement did not list what those requirements are. A league spokesman said he had no further information available.

Taylor ignored questions from several reporters as he left the field following Monday's practice.

"I'm just glad it's behind us," coach Joe Gibbs said. "I'm certainly glad he's going to be with us all year."

Taylor was accused of pointing a gun during the dispute over vehicles he claimed were stolen and faced three charges of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor charge -- charges which could have landed him decades in prison -- before settling the case out of court. In addition to the no-contest pleas, he was placed on 18 months' probation, ordered to talk about the importance of education at 10 Miami schools and had to contribute $1,000 for scholarships to each of those schools.

Taylor, a former University of Miami standout, signed a seven-year, $18 million contract with the Redskins after he was drafted in 2004. He has six interceptions and 120 tackles in two NFL seasons, but he has become almost as well-known for his troubles.

He has been fined seven times during his professional career for late hits and other infractions, including a $17,000 penalty for spitting in the face of Tampa Bay running back Michael Pittman during a January playoff game. He was also fined $25,000 for skipping a mandatory symposium his rookie year.