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Ravens’ Fuller Charged for Gambling

April 21, 2004

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller was charged with hosting high-stakes card games at his house.

He was released on $5,000 bail Tuesday night after a search warrant was served at the house. The felony charge carries a possible five-year state prison sentence and $5,000 fine.

State law allows card players to gamble up to $10 a hand, but sheriff’s spokeswoman Linda Butler said Wednesday some pots were worth thousands of dollars, and games were held several times a week.

``We have been made aware of the situation. We are gathering information,″ Ravens spokesman Chad Steele said Wednesday.

Butler’s agent, Roosevelt Barnes, did not immediately return a call.

The investigation began in February, and an undercover agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement attended some games.

Eleven people were at the home of the former Florida State star at the time of the raid, and eight were arrested, Butler said. Five others are being sought on warrants.

Fuller, a nine-year NFL veteran, reported exchanging gunfire with an intruder outside his home in January. No one was injured and about 20 shots were fired. Fuller offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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