WESTLAKE, Ohio -- Police found a steak knife stuck in a
kitchen cabinet and marijuana while searching the home of Cleveland Browns running back William Green, whose fiancee has been accused
of stabbing him in the back.
Green, currently suspended by the NFL for violating the league's
substance abuse program, was hospitalized Wednesday after being cut
in his home.
Asia Gray, Green's girlfriend since high school and the mother
of his two daughters, is charged with felonious assault and
domestic violence. She pleaded not guilty.
Green has told police that the injury was accidental, that he
tripped while walking up stairs. But police don't believe him and
Gray was arrested while Green was being treated for his wound.
During a search of Green's home on Wednesday night, police
discovered a stainless steel knife with suspected blood on the
blade imbedded in a kitchen cabinet door.
They also found marijuana in four separate locations in the
home, according to a search warrant inventory list obtained from
the Cuyahoga County Clerk's office.
Police also seized personal papers belonging to Green and Gray.
In an affidavit to gain the warrant, police said they received
information from someone known to them who said they got a phone
call in which the voices of Green and Gray could be heard "arguing
and yelling." The person said Gray was heard saying, "I'm
sorry", after which the line went dead.
Police responding to the scene noticed wood fragments from a
bathroom door that appeared to have been forced open. They also
detected "a strong odor of marijuana" in the master bedroom and
bathroom, the affidavit stated.
Capt. Guy Turner said the seized marijuana was less than 100
grams, and there was a possibility charges could be brought against
Green or Gray for the drugs.
"But it's too early to say," he said. "The investigation is
Along with the knife and marijuana, police removed blood samples
from the top and bottom of a staircase as well as from the master
bedroom and bathroom floors. They also took a cloth towel with
suspected blood on it and a robe.
Gray, who is due back in court on Dec. 10, is under court order
not to have contact with Green. The 22-year-old, who faces up to
eight years in prison, has no criminal record.
The couple's children are being cared for by Gray's family and a
Green was arrested Oct. 27 after police said they spotted him
driving erratically just a few hours after leaving the Browns'
training facility. Police said he failed a field sobriety test and
a breath test, and had a bag of marijuana in his car.
The alleged stabbing in Green's home came while the second-year
back from Boston College was serving his NFL-imposed suspension for
an alcohol violation.
The Browns suspended him for the Nov. 9 game at Kansas City for
"conduct detrimental to the team'' after his DUI arrest. Green
rushed for 887 yards during his rookie season, helping the Browns
qualify for the playoffs.