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Report: NFLer Charged in Assault

December 9, 1997

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) _ New York Giants defensive back Tito Wooten was charged with assaulting a woman several hours after playing in the team’s victory at Philadelphia on Sunday.

Wooten was arrested at 2:15 a.m. Monday and charged with one count of simple assault, Hasbrouck Heights police Capt. Michael Colineri told The Star-Ledger of Newark for today’s editions.

A woman called police to a Holiday Inn on Route 17 late Sunday night, and told them Wooten struck her and pushed her to the floor, Colineri said. Police are not identifying the woman, citing concerns for her safety.

Colineri said the woman had cuts on a hand and a blood under her nose. Wooten, who was not at the hotel when police arrived, was arrested when he returned early Monday. He was later released on his own recognizance.

Wooten was ordered not to have any contact with the woman and a domestic violence restraining order was issued against the player, Colineri said.

Attempts by The Star-Ledger to contact Wooten were unsuccessful Monday.

Giants coach Jim Fassel said he was aware of the incident.

``I don’t have a comment on this specific incident,″ Fassel said. ``But our players know that we expect them to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times.″

Wooten has made the hotel his temporary residence during the football season, hotel manager Ralph Molter said.

Molter said he spoke to the woman and she is planning to drop her complaint. Bergen County law enforcement officials said even if the woman requests the assault charge be dropped, prosecutors could chose to pursue it.

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