|WRENTHAM, Mass -- New England Patriots receiver Terry Glenn pleaded innocent Wednesday to a charge that he assaulted the mother
of his 5-year-old son during an argument.
Glenn, also charged with intimidation of a witness, was released
on $1,000 bail and ordered not to abuse the woman, who was
identified in court documents as Kimberly Combs. A pretrial
conference was set for July 17, just 10 days before Patriots
veterans are scheduled to report to training camp.
"He looks forward to having the matter resolved in court,"
Glenn's attorney, Joe Cataldo said. "He's adamant that he did not
do anything of a criminal nature."
In a statement released by the Patriots early Wednesday evening,
the team said it would wait for the legal process to conclude
before deciding whether to take any action. But it called violence
against women "an egregious offense."
"That is why we consider the charges against Terry Glenn as
extremely serious allegations that deeply concern us," the team
said. "... We will continue to provide Terry with any personal and
professional assistance he needs, through and beyond the resolution
of this matter."
Details of Glenn's dispute were not revealed in court, according
to David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfolk County district
attorney's office. Walpole police would not release the incident
But Glenn's agent, James Gould, said the argument occurred at
Glenn's home on Tuesday night while the couple was trying to
"There was no hitting involved," Gould said. "It's a very
personal matter between he and the mother of his child. It was just
a domestic squabble. The details of it are going to stay private."
Gould said the couple has remained close over the past 5½ years,
and Combs was visiting Glenn at his Walpole, Mass., home.
"It's obviously a downturn," Gould said. "(They were) trying
to find a way to raise the child together, to be together. ...
Whether he's a ballplayer or not, he's a human being and they've
obviously got issues, and they're trying to resolve it."
New England drafted Glenn out of Ohio State with the seventh
pick of the 1996 draft. He set an NFL rookie record with 90
receptions in his first year, but he was hampered by injuries that
caused him to miss 14 games over his first three seasons.
But injuries haven't been his only problem.
In 1999, Glenn was charged with going at least 65 mph in a 30
mph zone, running one car off the road, on his way to a
Thanksgiving Day practice. Later that season, he was suspended for
the final game for failing to report for failing to keep in touch
with the team while sick with the flu.
In 2000 -- his first injury-free season -- Glenn was second on the
team with 79 receptions, and led the team with 964 receiving yards
and six touchdown catches. Last November he signed a contract
extension through the 2007 season.
But in December he was in trouble -- or at least near it -- again
when he and two other players asked if they could stay in Buffalo
overnight after a game there rather than fly back during a
snowstorm. The players decided to go to a strip club across the
Customs officers stopped cornerback Ty Law on his way back and
found the hallucinogenic drug Ecstasy. Glenn and receiver Troy
Brown were not in the car with Law, but they missed their plane
while waiting for him and missed a team meeting back at Foxboro
Gould said that this week's legal problems won't affect Glenn's
"He's been working very diligently on this season. That's why
he's come up to New England," the agent said. "It won't affect
his practices in any way."
Wed, May 16
If Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn is convicted of an assault charge against the mother of his 5-year-old child, he could stand to lose millions of dollars.
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