Patriots’ Law Says Drugs Weren’t His
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) _ Ty Law of the New England Patriots apologized for being stopped with the drug Ecstasy by U.S. Customs agents in Niagara Falls, N.Y., but said the drugs did not belong to him.
The cornerback said Tuesday the drugs belonged to a relative whose bag he borrowed for the road game against the Buffalo Bills. He said he learned he had the drugs during a Customs search of his bag when he crossed back into the United States from Canada on the Rainbow Bridge.
Law apologized, however, for what he called his ``unprofessional conduct″ and said he accepted full responsibility.
``I had no idea it was in my bag,″ Law said during a news conference. ``I’ll have to suffer the consequences of my behavior.″
Law, who played in the 1998 Pro Bowl, was stopped at 5:30 a.m. Monday as he crossed Rainbow Bridge from Canada, said Mark MacVittie, chief inspector with the Customs Service in Buffalo. The Patriots played the Bills on Sunday in Buffalo.
Law’s agent, Carl Poston, did not return a call seeking comment.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday the league will review the matter to determine if Law violated the league’s substance abuse policy and if punishment is warranted.
The Patriots flew home Sunday after their 13-10 overtime win over Buffalo, which improved their record to 5-10. It was played in strong winds and snow that increased as the game went on.
Patriots spokesman Stacey James said Law, along with wide receivers Troy Brown and Terry Glenn, were given permission by the team to return late because of the inclement weather and were told to be back for a team meeting that began about 1 p.m. in Foxboro. All three were at the team meeting, James said.
Inspectors found three pills of Ecstasy and four partially crushed pills in Law’s bag. The pills were later tested and came up positive for MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy, MacVittie said.
The inspectors contacted federal prosecutors, who said they would decline to prosecute because of the small quantity. Law was issued an administrative penalty of $700, which he paid on the spot before being released.
The only other person in the car, Tania Edwards, was fined $500 for possession of a marijuana cigarette, MacVittie said.
Law, a first-round draft pick for the Patriots out of Michigan in 1995, signed a seven-year contract extension on Aug. 20. He has 22 career interceptions, ninth on the Patriots’ career list.
The Patriots end their season Sunday with a home game against Miami.