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Jaguars' Slaughter arrested for aggravated assault


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JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Court TV) -- Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker T.J. Slaughter was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon late Sunday after allegedly pointing a gun at two people in another car.

Slaughter, 26, was driving on a highway several hours after Jacksonville's 30-17 loss Sunday night to Tennessee when two men drove up next to him and started gesturing toward his car. The men stated they were trying to tell Slaughter they liked his wheel rims, according to the police report.

The men claimed Slaughter rolled down his window and started yelling, then pointed a "chrome clip style handgun" at them. Both men told police they were scared for their lives.

Slaughter was arrested later at a nightclub and taken to jail. The police report said Slaughter told officers he had a handgun in the console of his vehicle, but did not point it at anyone. Police said the gun had a clip in it with 10 rounds but the chamber was empty. An additional clip with 10 rounds also was found in the car.

Slaughter told police he yelled an obscenity at the victims and held his hand under his shirt as if to intimidate them.

Slaughter, a 2000 third-round draft pick out of Southern Mississippi has 18 tackles and one sack for the Jaguars this season. Last year, he was suspended four games for violating the league's steroid policy.

Richardson suspended after conviction

SAGINAW, Michigan -- Golden State Warriors star Jason Richardson avoided jail but was suspended for three games without pay after being convicted of domestic violence over the summer.

Richardson was sentenced last week to one year of probation for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. He also was ordered to pay $2,600 in fees and fines.

The NBA announced that the suspension will begin with the Warriors' first game of the 2003-04 season, Wednesday night against Dallas. He also will miss games against Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Lakers.

"This is the result of an extremely personal matter. I deeply regret being involved in any situation that results in the embarrassment of my family, friends and fans, the Golden State Warriors and the NBA," Richardson said in a statement released by the league.

"I fully understand the seriousness of the implications and I accept the penalty imposed by the commissioner. I'm glad to have these issues addressed and behind me."

During the trial, Roshonda Jacqmain testified that Richardson pushed her so hard that she fell and struck her head against a wall. The incident occurred on April 29 at her apartment, where Richardson had gone to pick up their 3-year-old daughter.

Richardson, a Saginaw native who left Michigan State after his sophomore season to turn pro, testified that he was acting in self-defense.

A two-year starter for the Warriors, Richardson averaged 15.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season.

Boxer charged with shooting girlfriend

PITTSBURGH -- Former lightweight champion Paul Spadafora was charged Monday with attempted homicide and aggravated assault for allegedly shooting his girlfriend after an argument over two flat tires.

Spadafora is accused of shooting Nadine Russo, 20, while outside a gas station Sunday in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.

Police said that a witness saw Russo drive Spadafora's 2003 Hummer HS over a concrete median, damaging the car's tires. Spadafora got out of the car and became upset.

The witness said Spadafora yelled obscenities at the woman, got into the driver's side of the car after he pushed Russo into the passenger side, and drove the car to another area of the parking lot. The couple then got out and walked away from the gas station.

The witness said he then heard a loud bang, and saw Russo stagger and collapse, police said.

In addition to the attempted homicide charge, Spadafora was charged with recklessly endangering another person and violation of firearms laws.


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