Jaguars cut Slaughter after assault charges

Updated: October 28, 2003, 1:03 PM ET

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville linebacker T.J. Slaughter was cut Tuesday, a day after he was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at two men passing him in a car.

Slaughter, a fourth-year veteran, is free on bond while prosecutors decide whether to charge him. He could face a felony charge of aggravated assault, or a misdemeanor charge of improper exhibition of a firearm.

The men told police they drove up alongside Slaughter on a highway Sunday night and tried to complement him about his wheel rims. That's when, the men said, Slaughter rolled down his window and pointed a handgun at them.

Slaughter denied showing the gun, but told police he did carry a gun in the center console of his vehicle, authorities said.

A third-round draft pick of the Jaguars in 2000, Slaughter started 29 games but opened this season as a backup. He had 18 tackles and one sack for the Jaguars this season. Last year, he was suspended four games for violating the league's steroid policy.

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