Payton, Cassell, Caffey want assault charges dropped

TORONTO -- Gary Payton, Sam Cassell and Jason Caffey are trying to get assault charges dropped because the case is taking too long.

The players are accused of beating up an exotic dancer's husband outside a downtown Toronto strip club in April 2003.

"It's been three years since they have been charged, and the Supreme Court has said a reasonable amount of time [to go to trial] is eight to ten months,'' the players' lawyer, Edward Greenspan, said in court Monday.

The players, all with the Milwaukee Bucks at the time of the incident, have pleaded not guilt to charges of assault causing bodily harm to Adrian Cimpean.

Judge W. Bassen is expected to rule Tuesday on whether the charges will be dropped because too much time has passed in their case.

Cimpean alleges the players dropped him to the ground, punched and kicked him after they accosted his wife, Vida Asante, outside the nightclub.