Zeke Mowatt, the New England Patriots tight end who a female reporter says sexually harassed her in the team's locker room, has been called before National Football League commissioner Paul Tagliabue to explain his actions. Tagliabue spoke to both Patriots owner Victor Kiam and Lisa Olson, the reporter for the Boston Herald who made the accusations.
Kiam issued an apology yesterday to Olson, but she declined to accept it, saying, "An apology is not accepted when he is telling blatant lies on television."
In the television interview Tuesday night, Kiam said that several Patriots officials had complained to him about Olson's conduct in the Indianapolis Colts locker room, where she allegedly went into the shower area looking for a player after the New England-Indianapolis game Sept. 16.
Kiam later retracted his allegation, saying his statements "were based on inaccurate information which were corrected subsequently to the interview taking place . . ."
* SQUADS: U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth cleared the way for NFL teams to sign three to five "practice players" a week for the season, settling part of a suit over last year's reserve squad. The agreement between players and the league, approved by owners Tuesday, allows each team to keep three to five inactive players at a minimum salary of $3,000 a week.
* CHARGERS: Nose tackle Joe Phillips was attacked by three men and severely beaten after leaving a Mission Beach, Calif., bar, police said. Phillips, 27, suffered a skull fracture, broken nose, three broken ribs and a broken facial bone near an eye in the attack and was in intensive care, said police spokesman Bill Robinson. Robinson said robbery did not appear to be the motive.
* SAINTS: Quarterback John Fourcade warned Steve Walsh, acquired Tuesday from the Dallas Cowboys, that he is not going "to come in and get the [starting] job because I have something to say about that. Obviously, I'm threatened. He's not a running back, he's a quarterback and a former No. 1. They're going to want him to play because they paid a lot of money for him. It's my job to keep him off the field."
* BILLS: Coach Marv Levy said free safety Mark Kelso suffered a recurrence of a blurred-vision problem during Monday night's 30-7 victory over the New York Jets and will be examined by a neurologist tomorrow. Kelso has had several minor and major concussions in his five seasons and wears a special protective polyurethane shell over his helmet to cushion his head from hard impacts, but general manager Bill Polian said team physicians believe Kelso's problem "is unrelated to concussions" and has to do with a condition called migraine syndrome. Polian said it is a condition that can be controlled with medication.