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Man claims Harrison shot him

Colts star being sued for $100,000 in damages

Associated Press / October 9, 2008
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Marvin Harrison is being sued by a man who says he was shot in the hand and body in April by the Indianapolis Colts star.

Harrison, who was never arrested or charged, is being sued by Dwight Dixon for $100,000 in damages in a suit filed in Philadelphia Sept. 2. Police are investigating the shooting, the District Attorney's office said yesterday.

Dixon says he sustained "serious and permanent injuries" to his arm and body and a "severe shock" to his nervous system April 28.

His lawsuit contends he was shot by Harrison and he was shot by someone using Harrison's gun. That approach covers what Dixon says happened - that Harrison pulled the trigger - and Harrison's defense that someone else fired the player's gun.

Dixon's lawyer, Robert Gamburg, said Harrison has admitted his gun was used in the shooting, making him liable because he was negligent in storing the weapon. "If you own a gun, you're duty-bound to know where it is, and if someone has taken your gun, which is basically what he is claiming, then he still is responsible for it, civilly," he said.

Calls to Harrison's attorney, Daniel Hart, and his agent, Tom Condon, were not returned.

Arrest in Williams killing

A 25-year-old man was indicted on first-degree murder charges in the drive-by shooting death of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams on New Year's Day, 2007. Willie D. Clark faces 39 counts, including murder, attempted murder, assault, crimes of violence, and a weapons violation. Clark is in federal custody in a separate case. Williams, 24, a former Oklahoma State standout, was shot and killed while riding in a rented limousine after leaving a Denver nightclub . . . Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was involved in a fight with one of his bodyguards, according to Dallas police, the night before attending a scheduled team meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. No one was arrested and no one will be charged in connection with the fight late Tuesday night at an upscale downtown Dallas hotel . . . Former Denver Broncos running back Travis Henry could be released from jail today after posting a $400,000 bond on federal drug charges. Henry and James Mack were arrested Sept. 30 in Denver after federal drug agents said they met to buy cocaine from a man who was cooperating with authorities. Henry and Mack both face charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, distribution of cocaine, and conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute. Henry is expected to be released after a phone line is installed in his house for electronic monitoring. Henry and Mack have not entered pleas . . . Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Matt Jones's cocaine charge will be heard in drug court in Fayetteville, Ark., rather than in the regular criminal system, allowing him to keep any conviction off his record.

Lions win ruling

The Detroit Lions didn't get what they wanted from Charles Rogers on the field, but might recover some money from the first-round bust. Executive vice president Tom Lewand confirmed that an arbitrator ruled Rogers has to give the Lions about $8.5 million of the more than $14 million he received in bonus money. The Lions filed a grievance late in the 2005 season, claiming Rogers diminished his value by failing a drug test . . . Detroit quarterback Jon Kitna had an MRI on his injured back and could miss Sunday's game at Minnesota . . . Rams wide receiver Dane Looker will have additional tests designed to rule out an aneurysm after a CAT scan that cleared him from a concussion revealed a brain abnormality. Looker will also be examined today by a neurosurgical consultant . . . The New Orleans Saints placed kicker Martin Gramatica on injured reserve and re-signed sixth-round draft pick Taylor Mehlhaff. Gramatica, who had been kicking with a sore groin, has missed four field goals in the last three games . . . Against Jacksonville, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan will be without tailback Selvin Young and tight end Tony Scheffler. Both strained groins against Tampa Bay last weekend . . . Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer will limit his throwing during practice to rest his sore right elbow, hoping to be ready for the New York Jets Sunday . . . Colts coach Tony Dungy said starting cornerback Kelvin Hayden won't play against Baltimore because of a left knee injury.

NFL hit by economy

The NFL faces challenges in weathering the economic downturn despite the game's popularity, Goodell said. At a business leaders luncheon in San Antonio, Goodell said the NFL is not recession-proof, citing stadium financing and struggles by the league's sponsors. Borrowing money has become difficult and expensive as credit has tightened, potentially hampering stadium projects, and many companies the league relies on for sponsorships have had to cut back. Fans are feeling the effects, too, he said. "We're all feeling the pinch right now, some more than others, and it's something we want to remain sensitive to," Goodell said, speaking at the University of the Incarnate Word.

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