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Haselrig Facing Battery Charges Involving Wife, Awaiting Extradition

December 21, 1995

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) _ Carlton Haselrig, the suspended New York Jets lineman arrested after his wife accused him of beating her during a domestic dispute, remained in jail today awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.

The football player who had been missing without explanation from the Jets faces charges for missing a court appearance in Pittsburgh.

Haselrig appeared before a magistrate Wednesday and posted $2,000 bond on a simple battery charge. He was being held in the Cobb County jail under a fugitive warrant from Allegheny County, Pa.

Since Thanksgiving, the 29-year-old lineman has been involved in a traffic accident, fined for reckless driving, suspended by the NFL for a year for violating its substance-abuse policy and missed the court appearance.

Haselrig’s wife, Sara, filed a handwritten affidavit Tuesday in Cobb County, claiming her husband ``was verbally and physically abusing me, with threats to kill me.″

``She called police due to a domestic dispute,″ said Robert Quigley, the public information officer for the Cobb County police department. ``When officers arrived, she advised them that he had struck her several times. Her face was swollen and bruised, but she refused medical treatment.″

Sara Haselrig, who is separated from the former NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion, lives with their two children in an apartment in this Atlanta suburb. Haselrig showed up at the apartment even though she was granted an order of protection from him earlier this year in Pittsburgh.

``I’m OK, but I’m not going to have any comment on the incident at all,″ she told the New York Post.

An arrest warrant was issued for Haselrig earlier this month in Pittsburgh after he missed a court appearance on a misdemeanor charge involving a drunken rampage last year. On Wednesday, he waived extradition.

``We’re in the process of coordinating with Pittsburgh to extradite him,″ said Lt. Bob Kimbrough of the Cobb County sheriff’s office said.

Kimbrough expects Haselrig to go to Pennsylvania within 10 days.

A one-time Pro Bowl selection for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Haselrig has had four stays in substance abuse rehabilitation centers and has been arrested several times for incidents in which alcohol was involved. He did not play last season and signed with the Jets a free agent this summer.

Before Tuesday’s arrest, Haselrig had been missing since Nov. 27.

``I’m glad we know where he’s at, but under these circumstances it’s sort of unsettling,″ Haselrig’s brother, Bruce, told the Post. ``It’s scary, this physical stuff. He’s a big man and she’s a little woman.″

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