Nicholson charged in Florida, held on $16,000 bail

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Cincinnati Bengals linebacker A.J. Nicholson was charged Saturday with burglarizing the apartment of a
former Florida State teammate.

The 21-year-old Nicholson also was charged with grand theft and
vandalism. He was being held at the Leon County jail on $16,000
bond, with a first appearance before a judge scheduled Monday, a
spokesman with the Sheriff's office said.

Nicholson and Fred Rouse, another former Florida State teammate,
are accused of breaking into the apartment of Seminoles running
back Lorenzo Booker and stealing $1,700 worth of electronic
equipment late last month.

The 20-year-old Rouse, a former wide receiver kicked off the
team in January after his freshman season, was arrested May 27 in
Tallahassee and charged with burglary and grand theft. Nicholson
was in Cincinnati when the charges were filed.

Nicholson has a history of off-field problems, including a
suspension for the Orange Bowl in January after he took a woman to
the team's Miami hotel in a violation of team policy. She accused
him of sexual assault, but Nicholson has not been charged.

Nicholson, a fifth-round draft pick, has been participating in
the Bengals' voluntary workouts. Team officials declined to
comment. A message left for Nicholson's agent was not immediately