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Bengals cornerback accused of domestic battery

April 20, 1997

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Corey Sawyer was sought by police on Sunday, wanted on a domestic battery charge after his girlfriend said he assaulted her during an argument about money.

Sawyer is accused of choking, kicking and hitting her before telling her, ``I better stop ’cause I don’t want to be on ESPN,″ according to the police report.

``We have not arrested him,″ police Lt. Bob Wetherington said Sunday. ``We’re looking for him big-time.″

The Bengals were trying to find out what happened.

``I don’t have any response because I don’t know the details of it,″ coach Bruce Coslet said.

A year and a half ago, Sawyer received 18 months’ probation and paid $3,500 in court and investigative costs to settle perjury charges. He was accused of lying to a prosecutor about receiving money from a sports agent while playing for Florida State’s 1993 national champion team.

Tallahassee police investigator Bill Bierbaum issued a warrant for Sawyer’s arrest Friday after interviewing the woman, who had scratch marks around her neck and right arm.

The couple has been living together for a year, and police said they got into an argument early Friday. The woman asked Sawyer to leave and followed him from their apartment as he carried away some of his belongings, according to the report. She handed him several papers and when he refused to take them, she placed them on top of his car.

Sawyer became angry and struck her on the right side of her face with his fist, the report said. When the woman said she was going to call police, Sawyer took her cordless phone and drove away.

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