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Raiders Janikowski Charged With DUI

October 4, 2002

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski was charged with driving under the influence, adding another chapter to his history of legal problems.

Janikowski was stopped for speeding in Oakland early Wednesday and failed a sobriety test, police said Friday.

His blood-alcohol level registered 0.20, more than twice the legal limit, police said.

``I’m not allowed to talk about it, and my focus is on the Buffalo Bills,″ the 24-year-old Janikowski said before the Raiders (3-0) left for their game at Buffalo.

If convicted, he could face up to six months in jail, Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Ann Kenfield said. Janikowski is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 4.

Raiders coach Bill Callahan said Janikowski will kick against the Bills on Sunday.

``My initial thought and reaction to this arrest is that I just thank God no one was injured and no physical harm came to any person or to Sebastian himself,″ Callahan said.

``Sebastian has assured me that he’s going to take every necessary step to deal with this issue. Aside from that, the legal system and the National Football League will additionally deal with this matter on a personal level.″

No one in the NFL’s New York offices could immediately be reached for comment Friday.

Janikowski, Oakland’s first-round pick in 2000, helped Florida State win the 1999 national championship.

This is the latest in a line of troubles for Janikowski. A year ago, he needed five stitches in his head after falling on a San Francisco dance floor.

In April 2001, he was acquitted of charges of having GHB, the so-called date-rape drug. In June 2000, Janikowski was acquitted on a charge he offered a Tallahassee, Fla., police officer $300 to release his roommate after an argument with a bouncer who wouldn’t let him into a nightclub.

Janikowski’s contract includes a clause that would force him to pay back about $25,000 for every game missed through suspension.

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