April 4, 1996 in Sports

Nfl Confirms Drug Report

Compiled From Wire Services
 

The NFL and the NFL Players Association confirmed that urine samples for drug testing were improperly collected from Dallas Cowboys’ offensive players last year. But league and union officials said no information from those samples was provided to the Cowboys.

The Dallas Morning News, based on information from Cowboys players and other team sources, reported in Tuesday’s editions that a technicality forced the NFL to void the positive drug tests of several players.

“The results of those April 28, 1995, drug tests administered to certain Dallas Cowboys’ players were not examined by anyone, including the NFL medical adviser for drugs of abuse,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “No Cowboys player or anyone else associated with the team was ever informed of any results. No one to this day knows whether there were any positive tests.”

Todd McNair of the Houston Oilers has been charged with mistreating 22 pit bulls seized at his property in East Greenwich Township, N.J., where authorities say the animals were being trained for dogfights.

“All of this is blown out of proportion,” McNair told KRIV-TV in Houston. “I am very upset. I have a couple of dogs that are scarred but that was it. … All of this is highly inaccurate and highly false.”

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Quentin Coryatt was released from custody after posting a $2,500 bond in connection with a weapons charge.

The man photographed tossing snowballs during a New York Giants game in December was convicted of improper behavior.

Jeffrey Lange, who became a national symbol of boorish fan behavior, was fined $500 and forced to pay another $150 in court fees and other costs.

LeRoy Irvin, a former player with the Los Angeles Rams, was sentenced in Los Angeles to 60 days in jail and three years probation Tuesday for allegedly battering his live-in girl friend.

T.J. Rubley, a backup quarterback who played last year for Green Bay, signed with the Denver Broncos.

The San Diego Chargers agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent running back Leonard Russell.

The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed backup quarterback Rich Gannon to a two-year contract.

The Cowboys signed backup quarterback Jason Garrett, the team said.

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