Five members of the New England Patriots say they beli
HONOLULU (AP) _ Five members of the New England Patriots say they believe it was another player and not Coach Raymond Berry who provided a Boston newspaper the names of alleged drug users on the New England team.
″I think it was a player,″ said offensive guard John Hannah, who indicated he did not know who the informer was.
″We want to handle it internally,″ he said. ″That means keeping you people (news media) out of it.″
Linebackers Andre Tippett and Steve Nelson, running back Craig James and free safety Fred Marion agreed with Hannah.
″I think it has to be a player,″ said Nelson. ″Players are the only people close enough to know what’s going on. I know Berry wouldn’t give the names.″
″I believe Ray Berry if he said he didn’t do it,″ said James. ″I have tremendous faith in him. He and Vince Lombardi seemed to have been cut from the same mold.″
James said the informant will ″feel so uncomfortable″ that the situation will probably resolve itself.
Team player representative Brian Holloway and wide receiver Irvin Fryar, one of the players named, refused to comment.
However, cornerback Raymond Clayborn, who also was named in the newspaper, disagreed with Hannah.
″I don’t respect Berry or (Patriots General Manager Patrick) Sullivan,″ said Clayborn. ″I don’t think it was a player (who provided the names).″
Clayborn said he planned to meet with Sullivan and demand that he be traded to ″any organization that has some class.
″The Patriots have no class,″ he said.
The eight members of the New England team were here for Sunday’s Pro Bowl.