Lawyer says Mowatt innocent by polygraph


October 07, 1990

The attorney for Zeke Mowatt of the New England Patriots says a lie-detector test proved his client is innocent of sexually harassing a Boston Herald sportswriter.

But the reporter, Lisa Olson, said in a statement yesterday that she is sticking by her story and is also willing to take a lie detector test.

Mowatt took the test in Miami on Monday, The Boston Globe reported. The 5 1/2 -hour test was administered by polygraph expert George Slattery Sr.

"This exonerates Zeke and shows just how poorly this entire episode was handled," attorney Robert Fraley of Orlando, Fla., said Friday. "Zeke Mowatt was tried and found guilty in the press without getting a chance to tell his side of the story. What happened here is a disgrace."

Fraley said Slattery and his associates drew test questions from statements made by Olson about the alleged conduct of Mowatt and four other Patriot players in the team locker room Sept. 17.

Olson has said the players approached her while she was conducting an interview, positioned themselves inches from her face and made sexually suggestive remarks.

Mowatt was fined $2,000 and apologized to Olson, although he denied making lewd comments or gestures.

"I've played pro football for seven years and been in some tough situations, but this is the worst thing I have ever been through," Mowatt said of the lie detector test. "After four or five minutes my heart was pounding and I was shaking."

In a statement issued by her newspaper, Olson said she stood by her story. She said she had told National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue that she was willing to take a lie detector test.

"Two weeks ago, I told Mr. Tagliabue that I would be more than happy to take a lie detector test," Olson said. "I reiterated that willingness when I met with the special counsel and his staff. I was told both times that it would not be necessary."


Rob Elliott scored three goals and Doug Miller had two goals and an assist as Loyola defeated St. Peters, 9-0, in the opening round of the 15th annual Loyola Budweiser Invitational Soccer Tournament at Curley Field. The Greyhounds (8-1-4), who extended their unbeaten streak to 12 games, meet Hartford in the championship game today at 3 p.m. Hartford advanced with a 2-1 win over Fairleigh Dickinson in the other opening-round game.

* Senior Even Hytten and junior Brendan Callahan scored as Mount St. Mary's (9-2-1; 3-0) defeated Robert Morris, 2-0, in a Northeast Conference soccer game in Emmitsburg.

The Mount has not been unscored upon in conference play.

* The Naval Academy defeated James Madison and Syracuse, then fell to Georgetown in a men's cross-country quadrangular meet in Annapolis. Greg Keller, Mike Conover, Frank Flores and Don Brown of Navy captured the first four places in the scoring against both James Madison and Syracuse, en route to a pair of 18-41 victories.

* Navy's women's cross-country team finished fifth, highest among Division II entries, in the 35-team field of the Paul Short Invitational at Bethlehem, Pa. Senior Kathy Fitzpatrick was the first Midshipman to cross the finish line as she completed the course in 17 minutes, 46 seconds.

* Mount St. Mary's junior Peter Rono, returning to action after taking a month off, won the individual championship at the Frostburg Invitational. Frostburg won the team title with 33 points. Mount St. Mary's placed eighth in the 10-team field. Rono, an Olympic gold medalist in the 1988 Games, was recuperating from an intense summer schedule in Europe and did not compete in the Mount's first month of competition.

* Towson State graduate Maureen Hall, who is running with the Villa Julie track club, set a course record in winning the Mount St. Mary's Open. Hall finished the non-scoring meet race in 19:10, shattering the old record by 1 1/2 minutes. The former record-holder, Nadine Jamerson, finished second in 20:16.


Top-seeded Stefan Edberg survived a lethargic start to defeat Ivan Lendl, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, and Boris Becker defeated American Todd Woodbridge, 7-5, 6-4, in the semifinals of the Australian Indoor Tennis Championships in Sydney, Australia.

Lendl, seeded third, dominated the early going as Edberg's every foray to the net resulted in either an unforced error into the net or a stinging Lendl passing shot.

With Lendl leading 4-2 in the first set, Edberg moved into the net for an attempted half-volley off a Lendl forehand. The ball struck wildly off Edberg's racket, hitting the Swede in the face. Later, he watched as a running Lendl forehand from a near-impossible angle blazed past him at the net and nicked the sideline.

Lendl finished off the set by breaking Edberg at love.

* Elena Brioukkhovets of the Soviet Union upset second-seeded Gretchen Magers of the United States, 6-4, 6-3, to set up an all-Soviet final of the Moscow Open.

Brioukkhovets will play Leila Meskhi, who beat Anne Minter of Australia, 6-2, 6-4, in the other semifinal.

* Fabrice Santoro of France became the youngest finalist in a Grand Prix tournament this year when he beat Ronald Agenor of Haiti, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, in the semifinals of a tournament in Toulouse, France.

Santoro, two months shy of his 18th birthday, will face No. 4 seed Jonas Svensson of Sweden, who beat Amos Mansdorf of Israel, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3.

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