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.