Browns' William Green Cut, Hospitalized
Nov. 20, 2003
BEREA, Ohio (AP) _ Cleveland Browns running back William Green sustained a puncture wound in his back Wednesday and police were questioning his fiancee.
Green, under suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse program, was apparently a victim of domestic violence, Browns coach Butch Davis said. Green, though, said he was hurt when he fell down stairs.
Westlake police Capt. Guy Turner said Green's fiancee, Asia Gray, was being interviewed. Police will not classify it as a domestic dispute until a person is arrested.
Green's wound, below his left shoulder blade, did not require stitches. There was a possibility the 23-year-old player would be released later Wednesday, team president Carmen Policy said.
Westlake police responded to an emergency call from Green's home Wednesday morning from Gray, who said Green had cut himself.
An emergency vehicle was sent, but Green was not there when it arrived. Turner believes Gray drove Green to St. John-Westshore Hospital accompanied by the couple's 10-week-old baby girl. Green was treated there before being transferred to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
The player's sports utility vehicle was impounded, and police sealed his home and applied for search warrants for the house and vehicle.
``He's answering some of our questions, but not all of them,'' Turner said.
Green told police he was hurt accidentally.
``He said it was received when he fell going up a flight of stairs, carrying some items, including a knife,'' a police release said.
Green was suspended for four games last week by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. The second-year back was arrested Oct. 27 on charges of drunken driving and marijuana possession. The Browns suspended him for the Nov. 9 game at Kansas City for ``conduct detrimental to the team,'' and the league will count that game as part of its suspension.
Under terms of his league suspension, Green is not permitted to be at the team's training facility and the Browns are not allowed to have contact with him.
Policy said the Browns are hoping the league will make an exception and permit the club to help Green deal with his problems and aid his recovery. Browns owner Randy Lerner visited Green in the hospital, but it was unclear if it violated league rules.
Green pleaded innocent to the DUI and possession charges and his driving license was suspended. He has a pretrial hearing set for Dec. 3. He is eligible to play Dec. 8 against St. Louis.
Green has had a troubled life. He was 12 when his father, a former heroin addict, died of AIDS. A year later, his mother died after contracting the disease from her husband.
While he was at Boston College, Green twice was suspended for marijuana use. His off-field infractions may have resulted in him sliding to the No. 16 overall pick in the 2002 draft despite being the top-rated back in that year's class.
Following a slow start last season, Green rushed for 887 yards and six touchdowns. He gained 726 yards in the final seven games, leading the Browns to their first playoff appearance since 1994.
Before his suspension, Green rushed for 559 yards and one touchdown this season, but he missed Cleveland's game at New England with a separated right shoulder.
The next day, Green was arrested just a few hours after leaving the team's training facility. He failed a field sobriety test and a breath test, which showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.165 percent _ more than twice Ohio's legal limit, police said.