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Packers’ Rivera Pleads Innocent

June 22, 2000

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ Green Bay Packers guard Marco Rivera has pleaded innocent to drunken driving and speeding.

Rivera was arrested May 19 after a Brown County Sheriff’s Department deputy clocked him doing 95 mph in a 45 mph zone. Tests showed Rivera’s blood-alcohol level was 0.196 percent, nearly twice the legal limit to drive, authorities said.

The innocent pleas were entered Wednesday by Rivera’s attorney, Robert Janssen.

Rivera, 28, has an Aug. 9 pretrial conference with Brown County Circuit Judge Sue Bischel.

Rivera faces a fine of up to $736 on the drunken-driving citation and $458 for the speeding ticket. If convicted on both, he would lose his license temporarily, police said.

Rivera is one of several Packers to recently end up in court.

Tight end Mark Chmura has been charged with third-degree sexual assault for allegedly having sex with his 17-year-old baby sitter at a post-prom party without her consent April 9.

Running back De’Mond Parker was arrested April 2 after seven grams of marijuana were found in an automobile in which he was seated. Parker agreed to attend a court-approved drug course.

In February, wide receiver Antonio Freeman was sentenced to a year of probation for obstructing police in a Green Bay traffic accident. Former wide receiver Charles Jordan was fined $5,000 for lying about the accident.

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