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Tuesday, November 20
 
Sellers, Chapman face felony charges

Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Browns fullback Mike Sellers was charged Tuesday felony cocaine possession after being arrested along with teammate Lamar Chapman, who was charged with felony drug abuse, following a Monday night traffic stop in Cleveland.

In an unrelated incident in another state, defensive tackle Gerard Warren, the Browns' No. 3 overall draft pick this season, was arrested on an unlicensed firearms charge after being stopped by police in Pittsburgh. Possession of an unlicensed firearm is a felony in Pennsylvania.

According to a filing at the Cleveland Municipal Clerk of Courts, the charge against Sellers is "based upon presumption." A court clerk said that lab results are still pending.

A dollar bill containing a white powder suspected of being cocaine was found in a patrol car after Sellers and Chapman were taken to the police station, the police report said.

Sellers was speeding and swerving in his pickup truck when police pulled him over Wednesday night. Officers found two bags of marijuana in the glove box and a dollar bill containing a white powder suspected of being cocaine was found in a patrol car after the players were taken to the police station, the police report said.

Browns president Carmen Policy said the club was investigating the arrests.

"Our team policy dictates that we handle all incidents involving our players within the organization on an individual basis," Policy said. "We are in communication with the National Football League and fully support all league guidelines and policies."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello had no comment.

Sellers' truck and another vehicle were pulled over at 10:35 p.m. Monday on the city's west side, according to police reports.

Officers said they smelled marijuana and noticed "several clumps" of the substance on the driver's floor of Sellers' truck. Chapman, who was in the passenger's seat, was seen putting what later was determined to be a marijuana cigarette into a soda can, police said.

Police said in addition to the marijuana in Sellers' glove compartment, "three burnt marijuana blunt cigars" were in the ashtray of the truck.

After the players were taken to the police station, an officer found the folded-up dollar bill containing the white powder. Sellers refused to submit to a urine test at the jail, police said.

Sellers' agent, Kenneth Austin, said he spoke with his client on Tuesday morning and Sellers was apologetic and remorseful.

Also, Austin has problems with the police report.

"It just doesn't add up," Austin said. "There is a lot of speculation, especially with the cocaine. The handcuffs were so tight, Mike has bruises on his wrists. His hands were behind his back. How could he reach his front pocket and pull out a dollar bill?"

Sellers signed as a free agent with Cleveland in March after spending three seasons with the Washington Redskins. He was expected to play a more prominent role in the Browns' offense but has caught just seven passes for 73 yards this season.

Chapman, a fifth-round draft pick last year, is out for the season after being placed on injured reserve.

If convicted, the players will be subject to the NFL's mandatory drug-and-alcohol program. First-time offenders are tested randomly.

The arrests of Sellers and Chapman follow drug-related issues involving two other Browns players, one of whom is no longer with the team.

In Tuesday's Plain Dealer, running back Ben Gay revealed a year ago he was dealing drugs after dropping out of a junior college in Kansas. On Monday, Jeremiah Pharms, a 2001 draft pick who was released from the Browns, entered a modified guilty plea in Seattle on charges he robbed a marijuana dealer last year.




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