NFL to appoint counsel in probe of sex charges against Patriots


September 28, 1990

The National Football League will appoint a special counsel to investigate a locker-room incident in which reporter Lisa Olson of the Boston Herald said she was sexually harassed by several New England Patriots players, commissioner Paul Tagliabue said yesterday.

According to Olson, she was harassed by Patriots tight end Zeke Mowatt and several other players whom she could not identify as she sat on a bench interviewing defensive back Maurice Hurst on Sept. 17, a practice day. Olson said Mowatt stood close to her, exposed himself and made lewd remarks.

* CHARGERS: Starting nose tackle Joe Phillips will miss at least eight weeks because of injuries inflicted by three men who severely beat him after he and a women left a San Diego restaurant. Phillips, 27, suffered a fractured nose, fractures to an eye orbit, a concussion and numerous bruises and abrasions. Police said the fight broke out after an exchange of words about the woman accompanying Phillips.

* COLTS: Jack Trudeau, who is 20-for-34 with one touchdown and two interceptions this year, will replace Jeff George at quarterback Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. George is out with a lower abdominal injury. Trudeau connected on 14 of 23 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown against the Houston Oilers last Sunday before suffering a mild concussion and hand injury.

* SEAHAWKS: Unable to find an experienced replacement, coach Chuck Knox has decided to retain place-kicker Norm Johnson, the nine-year veteran who missed two field goals in the Seahawks' 34-31 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

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