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Former Receiver Accepts Plea Deal

September 3, 2002

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MIAMI (AP) _ Former Seattle Seahawks receiver Brian Blades accepted a plea deal Tuesday which allows him to avoid jail time for charges stemming from a brawl at a bar.

Blades was charged in July with resisting arrest with violence, interfering with a police officer, and disorderly intoxication.

As part of the deal, Circuit Judge Cecilia Altonaga sentenced Blades to two years probation. He must also perform 100 hours of community service and make a $500 contribution to a children’s organization.

Blades, 37, also must enroll in an anger control course, undergo a substance abuse evaluation and stay away from the bar where the brawl occurred. He pleaded no contest, and no conviction will appear on his record if he successfully completes the plea requirements.

Blades declined comment after the hearing.

Blades, who lives in South Florida, played at the University of Miami and was a second-round pick in the 1988 NFL draft.

In 1997, Blades was acquitted of manslaughter for the shooting death of his cousin, Charles Blades. Blades said the shooting was an accident.

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