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Chiefs Receiver Arrested for Theft

February 17, 2000

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas City wide receiver Andre Rison was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a charge of felony theft.

Rison was released after posting $2,000 bond on a felony charge of stealing music equipment, Lt. Steve Quigg of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department said. The equipment had been rented, but not returned, authorities said.

Rison, who played a diminished role with the Chiefs last season after resurrecting his career with the club in 1997, was to appear in court Feb. 29, Quigg said.

Rison denied the charge.

``It was someone else,″ he said. ``They elected not to return it, so they had to come up with me.″

Rison, who was suspended for one game in November after his involvement in a fight outside a midtown bar, had 21 catches for 218 yards and no touchdowns last season.

Rison, who has played for Atlanta, Cleveland, Jacksonville and Green Bay in an 11-year career, was also arrested in April 1997 in Lawrenceville, Ga. for disorderly conduct when he refused to get out of a car after a traffic stop.

Rison’s role was reduced last season as tight end Tony Gonzales became the favorite target of quarterback Elvis Grbac and wide receiver Derrick Alexander became the main big-play threat.

Rison’s arrest came a day after a tribute to Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas, who died Feb. 8 of complications from a car accident Jan. 23 that killed his best friend and left him paralyzed from the chest down.

Kick returner Tamarick Vanover and running back Bam Morris were named in a federal affidavit filed in what authorities said was a large-scale drug investigation.

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