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Report: Packers To Release Chmura

June 1, 2000

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ The Green Bay Packers will release tight end Mark Chmura on Monday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on its Web site.

Citing an anonymous source ``closely connected to the matter,″ the newspaper said Thursday the Packers plan to cut ties with the former All-Pro who was accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl at a post-prom party on April 9.

Earlier this week, Chmura, 31, and Robert Gessert, 43, were ordered to stand trial in Waukesha County on third-degree sexual assault charges.

Green Bay general manager Ron Wolf was out of his office Thursday afternoon and was not immediately available for comment. Chmura’s agent, Eric Metz, could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Chmura’s release has been widely expected since shortly after the incident.

By releasing Chmura after June 1, the Packers will gain $900,000 in salary cap room that could be used to sign free agents.

Chmura, who became one of the game’s elite tight ends during the Packers’ run to consecutive Super Bowl appearances, missed all but two games last season with a neck injury that caused partial paralysis in his arms and threatened to end his career.

Chmura was planning to play in the upcoming season before his arrest. Prosecutors say Chmura had sex with the 17-year-old girl in a bathroom at Gessert’s home without her consent. An 18-year-old woman said Gessert fondled her while they were in a hot tub.

The Packers began planning for Chmura’s departure less than a week after his arrest. They selected tight end Bubba Franks with its first-round draft pick.

Chmura did not participate in the team’s two minicamps since his arrest and wasn’t expected at the team’s fourth and final minicamp, which begins Monday.

In seven seasons with the Packers, Chmura became one of Brett Favre’s favorite targets, catching 188 passes for 2,253 yards and 17 touchdowns.

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