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ursday, August 11, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
onvicted gridders get year

By The Associated Press
IAMI - Two former Mia-
Dolphin players were sen-
sed yesterday to a year in
for selling cocaine, but
were left some hope of
Erning to pro football once
y are free.
tandy Crowder and Don'
,se, who admitted selling a
iid of cocaine to an under-
er policeman, pleaded no
test and Circuit Judge Jo-
h Durant withheld adjudica-
as part of a plea bargain-
The five felony charges
Tied maximum 25 year-
ntences. Instead, Durant
ire the two defensive tack-
I a year in the Dade Coun-

ty Stockade and five years
"If you get in trouble, you
are going to the penitentiary,"
Durant warned Reese and,
Crowder. "If you do anything
wrong,' you will be letting me
gown. I won't forget it."
Durant withheld adjudication
under a state law allowing
judges to impose jail sentences
as a condition of probation on
uncontested charges.
Tne Dolphins suspended the
twc defensive tackles after
their May 4 arrest, and later
waived any claim to them. No
team has picked them up, but
NFL officials have said it
might be possible for them to
play again if they weren't con-

The judge's decision to
withhold adjudication means
that Crowder and Reese will
have no felony convictions on
their records,
Dolphins' owner Joe Robbie
said later that pleading no con-
test "is the equivalent of plead-
ing guilt,. I am disappointed
that Reese and Crowder still
give no explanation of their con-
"They deserved no special
treatment than anyone else
would receive under the same
circumstances. The least that
should be required of them is to
help bring everyone to justice
who had any part in the events
leading to their arrest."

Defense attorneys contended
that sending Reese and Crow-
det to prison might eventually
lead them to crime by closing
forever the gates to pro foot-
ball, the only work either man
Neither player spoke dur-
ing the hearing. The sentence
had been worked out ahead
of time with the judge, but
Durant gave the prosecutor
ad a Miami detective a
chance to object to the agree-
"Anyone who sells that
amount of cocaine - for pro-
fit - should go to prison," As-
sisthnt State Attorney George
Yoss said.
Yoss said football players are

Doge Eleven
'in jail
looked up to by the public and
should be held to high stand-
areis of conduct
An undercover policeman
paid Reese and Crowder $20,-
000 for the cocaine after be-
ing introduced to the play-
ers by an informer, a ivoman
named Camille Richardson.
P o 1 i c e said the cocaine
weighed slightly more than one
pound and was of such high-
quhlity it could have brought
$23#,000 if diluted and sold in
retail quantities.
DH leader
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK-Jim Rice of the
Boston Red Sox leads American
l.,eague desiganted hitters, ac-
cording to statistics released
yesterday by the league.
Rice has a .321 batting aver-
age with 25 home runs, 63 runs
batted in and 56 runs scored,
topping all Dlls in those cate-
gories. Toronto's Ron Fairly is
second in batting at .299, fol-
lowed by Kansas City's Htal
McRae at .298, Texas' Willie
Ilorton at 291 and Oscar Gam-
ble of Chicago at .276.
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IIAMI DOLPHINS defensive tackles Don Reese (left) and Sandy Crowder (right) leave Dade County court yesterday accom-
anied by attorney David Goodhart (center). Dade County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Durant sentenced the two former Dolphins
i a year in jail for selling cocaine, and five years probation.

Watson, Floyd, Player discover
they've been using illegal clubs

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - The irons used
by Tom Watson in his dramatic triumphs at
the Masters and British Open were declared
illegal after an examination by PGA officials
The victories will stand, however. No reto-
active action against Watson is indicated.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. An-
drews, governing body for the British Open,
issued a statement saying Watson's victory
Will not be effected.
AS FAR AS the American tour events are
concerned, "when a competition is closed, the
comperition is closed," said Clyde Mangum,
deputy commissioner for the PGA Tour, who
rMled on the eve of the PGA national cham-
pionship, that Watson's clubs were illegal.
"He was a victim of circumstances," Man-
Kum said. "There was no effort on his part to
alter the clubs in any way. Hte brought the
clubs to me this morning to have them
Clubs belonging to Ray Floyd and Gary
Player also were found to exceed U. S. Golf
Association specifications concerning the
Width and spacing of the grooves on the club
faes. Clubs belonging to "about seven or

eight players" were examined, Magnum
said. In every case, the deputy commissioner
said, the plyers brought the clubs to him.
"IT IS INDICATIVE of the integrity of
our game and our players that they brought
the clubs to me for check," he said. "They
did it voluntarily. They did not want- to use il-
legal clubs. They did not want to have an
advantage, an edge, on other players."
Watson called his home in Kansas City
and arranged for an old set, which he has
used previously, to be flown to him for to-
day's first round of the PGA on the Pebble
Beach Golf Links.
The whole matter was prompted by George
Burns' action in the Greater Hartford Open
last week.
After playing two rounds with a new set
of clubs, Burns began to suspect the groovings
were tno wide H took them to Mangum, who
examined them with a magnifying device and
found them in excess of the USGA specifica-
SINCE WATSON, Player, Floyd and others
were using clubs produced by the same
manufacturer, they asked that their clubs be
examined, too, Mangum said. -AP

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