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1day, August 2, 1977

I HE MICHIGAN DAILY

1-oge Eleven

Athletic justice?

King gets small fine; ready to $ign with pros

KNOXVILLE (P) - Former
Tennessee basketball star Ber-
nard King pleaded guilty yes-
terday to charges of resisting
arrest and possession of mari-
juana but scaped having to go
'to jail.
Charges of attempted larceny
involving the theft of a $1,500
television from Tennessee's
athletic department, and prowl-
ing were dismissed.
The first round draft choice
of the New York Nets was
fined $50 and given a 60-day
suspended sentence on each
of his guilty pleas to the
marijuana and resisting ar-
rest charges.
King, 20, would not talk to
newsmen Monday. Bill Banks,
his attorney in the cases, said
Donald Dell, King's attorney in
contract negotiations with the
Nets, advised his client to re-
main silent. The negotiations
have been stalled by the legal
proceedings in Knoxville.
King was arrested about 2:30
a.m. on July 10 inside the uni
versity's athletic center and
charged with second degree
burglary after UT police found
a videotape television in the
back of his car parked outside.
Ste was arrested again six
days later inside a Knoxville
apartment complex after a
woman twice called police to
complain of someone prowling
outside her door. Knoxville
police said King tried to re-
sist officers. They found a
bag, containing less than an
ounce of marijuana in his
possession.
Knox County General Ses-
sions Court Judge Harold
Wimberly approved the plea
bargain after reading a letter
from Tennessee Athletic Direc-
tor Bob Woodruff to Dist. Atty.
Gen. Ronald Webster.

"Coach Rtay Mears has re-
ported that there may be rea-
sonable doubt about Bernard's
intent to commit a criminal
act," Woodruff's letter said.
Mears, Tennessee's basket-
ball coach, earlier said it is not
unusual for athletes to borrow
the videotape equipment, but
they usually ask for permission
first. King had said he intended
to only borrow the device to
show films of hiip games to a
girl friend.
"'The state ust can't prove
that the defendet intended to
permanently deprive the owner
of the property," prosecuttor
Rex McGee said.
McGee, an assistant dis-
trict attorney general, said
the prowling charge was drop-
ped because there was no evi-
dence the King was in the
apartment complex illegally.
"It was a misunderstanding;
lie was there to visit a
friend," McGee said.
King, a 6-7 forward from
Brooklyn, N. Y., was the lead-
ing scorer and rebounder in the
Southeastern Conference last
season, averaging 25.6 points
and 14.3 rebounds again.
Twice named to The Associ-
ated Press' All-America team,
he announced in June he was
giving up his senior year at
Tennessee to turn pro under the
undergraduate draft.
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That that, Phil
spire Dale Ford appears to be practicing his martial arts on Tiger third baseman Phil Mankow-
during Sunday's 3-2 loss to Texas. Actually, Ford is signalling Claudell Washington safe on an
tempted steal. Mankowski escaped unscathed.

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By The Associated Press
tons sign Britt
)ETtRl)IT-The Detroit Pistons today announced the signing
Seer Michigan basketball captain Wayman Britt.
Britt vasecaptain of the 1975-76team that was runner-up to
Anaitnt the NCAA tournament. The 6-2, 105-pound Britt attend-
lint Northern High School, and led it to two Class A State
'piionships.
ast season Britt was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in
tourth round of the NBA draft. He was the last player cut
the team before the 1976-77 season got underway.
n Pelt stays with Giants
PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.-Former Michigan State star and
tan linebacker Brad Van Pelt, who played out his option with
New York Giants last season, agreed to terms with the NFL
yesterday after reporting to training camp nine days late.
Van Pelt met for two hours with Andy Robustelli, director of
ations for the Giants, and reached agreement on a multi-year
sact,
Around the end of last season, rumors circulated that Van
had expressed interest in playing with the Detroit Lions, but
pto parties never made definite moves toward that goal.
0I
sox hurler named player of week
N5EW YORK-Rgokie pitcher Don Aase, who won his first two
s after being called up from Rhode Island, was named Ameri-
League player of the week yesterday.
Lase, of the Boston Red Sox, allowed only two earned runs
12 hits while striking out 18'and walking three in victories
Miloaukee and California.
ROY White of the New York Yankees, who batted .500 with
or 22 during the week, was runner-up to Aase and Jim Rice
oston, who hit .423 on 11 for 261 finished third. Chet Lemon
e Chicago White Sox, Jim Sundberg of Texas, Duane Kuiper
eveland and Seattle's Lee Stanton also were nominated for
award

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