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8A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 26, 2002

Moss released, expected to start Sunday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Randy
Moss walked out of jail whistling,
charged with two misdemeanors
instead of a possible felony for alleged-
ly pushing a traffic officer a half-block
with his car, and the Minnesota Vikings
announced their star receiver would
start Sunday against Seattle.
Moss was released yesterday from
the Hennepin County jail after spend-
ing the night. He was charged with
careless driving and failure to obey a
traffic officer.
Police said they found a small quan-
tity of marijuana in Moss' car, an
amount that would qualify as a petty
misdemeanor, but no charge was
immediately filed.
Moss, who has a history of trouble
on and off the field, had been arrested
on suspicion of assault with a danger-

ous weapon, a felony.
He whistled as he left jail and
walked through a pack of reporters.
"You'll hear my side later," Moss
said. "I was treated bad."
Head coach Mike Tice said Moss
would be disciplined for missing part
of Wednesday's practice, but he did not
reveal the discipline. Allowing Moss to
start on Sunday is "an appropriate
course of action" based on the lesser
charges.
"I'm still disappointed," Tice said.
"This doesn't change the fact that
we've been dealing with this for the last
24 hours, that I slept very little last
night and I ate a half a jar of Maalox."
Moss wasn't available to media at
the team's practice facility. Tice said
Moss apologized to his teammates
and coaches after practice, and would

make a statement today.
Though his arrest was yet another
distraction for a team that's had its
share of them over the past year, Moss's
teammates offered nothing but support
yesterday.
"You hate to see this stuff happen to
him because he's a good guy," said
defensive tackle Chris Hovan. "He's
respected in this locker room."
Moss wound up in jail after an alter-
cation that began during evening rush
hour on a downtown Minneapolis
street.
The traffic agent stepped in front of
Moss' car to stop him from making an
illegal turn. Moss used his car to slowly
push the officer along the street, stop-
ping when she fell to the ground, police
spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington said.
Barrington said 27-year-old Amy

Zaccardi - a city employee but not a
police officer - was not seriously hurt.
One witness called the situation "surre-
al." Another said he didn't believe
Moss intended to hurt Zaccardi.
County prosecutor Amy Klobuchar
said the case was turned over to the city
for lesser charges because there wasn't
enough evidence to prove Moss intend-
ed bodily harm, a requirement for a
felony assault.
Moss could be sentenced to up to 90
days in jail and a $1,000 fine on each
of the misdemeanors if convicted. A
felony assault conviction might have
meant 21 months in prison.
Under NFL rules, Moss will undergo
mandatory "evaluation" because he
was charged with a crime.
Moss caught just four passes in Min-
nesota's loss to Carolina on Sunday.

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AP PHOTO
Minnesota wide receiver Randy Moss was arrested Tuesday for an incident involving
a woman directing downtown traffic and charged with two misdemeanors.

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Michigan
needs to stop
Flyers' Rolfe
PURPLE ACES
Continued from Page 7A
But the strength of the Purple Aces
lies in between the pipes. Senior Ed
Moore has recorded three shutouts as
the Evansville goaltender and boasts a
0.81 goals against average.
After scoring one goal in their last
two games, the Wolverines will have to
find their scoring touch again to prevail
against Evansville.
On Sunday, the Wolverines travel east
to Dayton to take on the 3-3-1 Flyers.
Currently, Dayton is riding a three-
match winning streak, and is fresh off
an emotional 3-2 double-overtime victo-
ry over Denver.
Dayton's saving grace this season has
been sophomore Chris Rolfe, who has
scored 13 points in 2002 (nine more
than the next Flyer). With seven of these
points coming last weekend in the Day-
ton Marriott Flyer Classic, Rolfe earned
Atlantic 10 Conference player of the
week honors.
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