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Stubblefield Assault Charge Dropped

November 9, 2000

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ A charge that Washington Redskins defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield assaulted his wife was dropped Thursday.

Prosecutors abandoned the charge less than an hour before the trial was to begin. The accusation stemmed from a domestic dispute in September.

``Simply, a crime was not committed,″ said Peter Greenspun, Stubblefield’s attorney. ``Kim and Dana Stubblefield are pleased that this case is now concluded.″

Stubblefield was arrested at his home in Great Falls, Va., on Sept. 20 after an argument about luggage escalated and Kim Stubblefield called police. Police said there were no signs of physical injury and that Kim Stubblefield declined medical treatment.

Stubblefield was released on $2,500 bail and told not to have any contact with his wife for 48 hours.

``Nobody got hurt, nobody was drinking, nobody was doing anything out of the ordinary,″ Stubblefield said the day after his arrest. ``Just one of those normal arguments you get with your wife.″

Stubblefield said only words were exchanged with his wife. He insisted there was no contact.

Under NFL policy, any player arrested or charged with a crime involving violence or the threat of violence must be evaluated. If Stubblefield had been convicted, he also would have faced a fine or suspension without pay from the league.

Stubblefield did not comment on the matter Thursday after practice at Redskins Park.

``It’s something that happened, and there’s a process you go through with the league and the legal system,″ coach Norv Turner said. ``And, obviously, Dana has handled that.″

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