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Quarterback Suspended, Arraigned For Allegedly Breaking Bar Window

April 10, 1996

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Michigan quarterback Brian Griese has been arraigned on a felony charge and indefinitely suspended from the team for allegedly smashing a window at a bar.

``I have met with Brian and with the team,″ coach Lloyd Carr said Tuesday. ``You have to realize that an incident such as this has an effect on the entire program, not just on one individual.″

Athletic department spokesman Keith Molin said the matter is being treated as alcohol-related, which mandates suspension. Carr said the suspension was indefinite.

Griese, 21, is barred from spring practices, which have already started. Carr plans additional, unspecified penalties, Molin said.

Griese became the Wolverines’ starting quarterback five games into last season after Scott Dreisbach broke his thumb in a practice. The two are expected to vie for the starter’s spot this season.

Molin said the charges would not determine who gets the starter’s job.

``This is an unfortunate incident,″ athletic director Joe Roberson said. He said he agreed with Carr’s disciplinary action.

Washtenaw County prosecutors on Tuesday authorized the felony warrant. Griese was arraigned later in the day before District Judge Ann Mattson, who allowed him to remain free on a personal bond. A preliminary examination was scheduled for April 17.

The charge of malicious destruction of property valued at more than $100 carries up to four years in prison and a $2,000 fine on conviction.

Griese, a junior, spent several hours in the Washtenaw County Jail after allegedly breaking the window early Sunday at the Score Keepers bar. Griese, the son of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese, has been unavailable for comment.

Brian Griese told police he broke the window after he had been locked out of the campus-area bar by its manager.

``I’m not a bad guy,″ a police report quotes Griese as telling officer Gerald Tacey while sitting in a patrol car. ``I got mad and broke a ... window out.″

A damage estimate said it would cost nearly $900 to replace the window.

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