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Patriots in Nightclub Controversy

November 15, 1997

BOSTON (AP) _ Drew Bledsoe and two of his New England Patriots teammates jumped from a nightclub stage, leaving a female patron injured when struck by offensive lineman Max Lane, according to sources.

The woman was hospitalized after the incident at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston on Thursday night, three days before the Patriots, tied for the AFC East lead, face the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay.

Bledsoe, Lane and backup quarterback Scott Zolak were invited on stage by the group Everclear, and the players leaped into the crowd, sources said. The patron’s injuries reportedly were caused by Lane.

Lane had no comment, WBZ-TV reported.

The woman, who was not identified, was in stable condition at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston with neck, shoulder and arm injuries, WBZ said. Police questioned her there Friday night, according to several broadcast reports.

Bledsoe, the AFC’s second-ranked quarterback, Lane and Zolak attended practice Friday, and the Patriots looked into the incident in which, the team said, none of the players was injured.

``We are investigating this matter to determine any involvement by our players,″ the team said in a statement. ``All of our players are well aware of the fact that the team expects them to conduct themselves professionally and responsibly both on and off the field.″

The team has no midweek curfew for players.

``Drew went to a concert and, following the custom of his generation, he jumped into the crowd,″ said Leigh Steinberg, the agent for Bledsoe, 25. ``I’d prefer he not jump off stages. ... I don’t think it’s something you’ll see again soon.

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