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Packers LB agrees to 50 hours of community service, counseling

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Associated Press
February 11, 2012
— Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden has reached a deferred judgment agreement to resolve a disorderly conduct-domestic abuse charge without pleading guilty.

Defense attorney Steve Richards said Walden has agreed to perform 50 hours of community service and continue counseling.


“He’s not found guilty of anything at this time,” Richards said Friday.


Richards said the charge will be dismissed in a year as long as Walden stays out of trouble.


The plea deal was reported on the Green Bay Press-Gazette’s website Friday afternoon.


“There’s no conviction,” Richards said. “It satisfies our objectives.”


It’s not clear if Walden will be subject to discipline by the NFL. League spokesman Greg Aiello said Walden’s status “will be reviewed under our policy.”


Walden spent the weekend after Thanksgiving in jail after a Nov. 25 dispute with his girlfriend.


He was charged in December, entering a not guilty plea. If convicted, Walden would have faced up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.


Walden originally was arrested on a more serious charge, suspicion of felony domestic violence-substantial battery.


According to the complaint against Walden, girlfriend Erika T. Palmer originally told police that Walden pushed her, causing her to fall and hit a bed post and cut her forehead. Palmer said she then attempted to punch Walden in self-defense.


The complaint said that once Palmer found out Walden would be arrested, she began to change her story to say instead that she provoked Walden.


Report: Pats’ Gronkowski has ankle surgery

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had arthroscopic surgery Friday on the left ankle that hampered him in the Super Bowl, according to the Sports Business Journal.


The Patriots declined comment.


Gronkowski, who set an NFL single-season record for tight ends with 17 touchdown receptions, had just two catches for 26 yards in the 21-17 loss to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl in Indianapolis last Sunday. His recovery is expected to last 10-12 weeks.


Bengals’ Maualuga charged with assault

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga has been charged with assault stemming from a downtown Cincinnati bar incident.


Police cited the 25-year-old Maualuga with the misdemeanor count on Friday after investigating allegations by a bar employee that Maualuga punched him in the face early Sunday morning. Maualuga’s arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 17.


Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan said the team doesn’t comment on unresolved legal matters.


The former Southern Cal star was fined by the NFL two game checks and part of his signing bonus in 2010 after he pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges in northern Kentucky. In that case, he got a suspended seven-day jail sentence, had his driver’s license suspended for 90 days, and was sent to an alcohol/drug program.



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