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Giants Won’t Discipline Wooten

December 10, 1997

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ New York Giants defensive back Tito Wooten won’t be disciplined for allegedly assaulting a woman several hours after Sunday’s victory in Philadelphia, coach Jim Fassel said Tuesday.

``I’ve talked to people about it,″ Fassel said. ``To the best of what I can determine, I’m not going to take any action.″

Wooten didn’t make himself available for comment, hiding in the showers in the team locker room.

He could face up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines if convicted of the assault charge.

Wooten was arrested at 2:15 a.m. Monday in Hasbrouck Heights after a woman called police to a Holiday Inn, saying Wooten had struck her and pushed her to the floor, police said.

Hasbrouck Heights police Capt. Michael Colineri said the woman had cuts on one hand and a small amount of blood under her nose. He did not know the relationship between Wooten and the woman, who wasn’t identified.

Wooten, who had played in the Giants’ 31-21 victory over the Eagles on Sunday, was released on his own recognizance and ordered to have no contact with the woman, police said.

Wooten has made the hotel his temporary residence during the season, hotel manager Ralph Molter said.

Molter said he spoke to the woman and said she is planning to drop her complaint.

But Lucia van Wetering, head of the domestic violence office for the Bergen County prosecutor, said Tuesday the woman has not dropped the charge, and even if she does, a judge can still decide to allow prosecution.

A restraining order was also filed ordering Wooten to stay away from the woman.

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