Pryor gets 6 months on drug-abuse charge

July 27, 1991

Former welterweight boxing champion Aaron Pryor, showing up in court a day late, was sentenced yesterday in Cincinnati to six months in jail on a drug-abuse charge.

Pryor, 35, told judges in two Hamilton County courts that he had missed mandatory appearances in both courts Thursday because he had overslept. He said when he awoke, he reported to his lawyer, Leslie Gaines, who arranged to have Pryor appear yesterday.

Common Pleas Judge Gilbert Bettman sentenced Pryor to six months.

* FOREMAN: Former heavyweight champion George Foreman said he's dropped his $100 million lawsuit against champion Evander Holyfield.

"There's no more lawsuit. We're all friends and neighbors now," Foreman told a television station. "There was some money in the deal but, realistically, the biggest thing, I was disappointed. The bottom line is there was a mistake."

Foreman thought he had a deal to fight Holyfield for the heavyweight championship, but Holyfield later agreed with Mike Tyson and promoter Don King to fight Tyson.

* TYSON: Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has been accused of raping a woman at an Indianapolis hotel during a visit to the city last week, authorities said yesterday.

A woman reported she was sexually assaulted by the 25-year-old fighter on July 19, Indianapolis police spokesman Andrew E. Stoner said.

"We're investigating an allegation that has been made of a sexual assault. . . . No charges have been filed," Stoner said.

"The victim is alleging that her assailant is Mike Tyson, the former champion," he said.

Authorities declined to identify the victim, who Stoner said brought the complaint one day after the alleged attack.

Stoner said investigators were checking reports that she was in Indianapolis in connection with the Miss Black America pageant. The Miss Black America pageant was held July 21 in conjunction with Indiana Black Expo.

* MORRISON-MERCER: The World Boxing Organization heavyweight bout between Ray Mercer and Tommy Morrison, which was canceled because of a sparring injury to Morrison, has been rescheduled for Oct. 18.

The 12-round bout for Mercer's WBO heavyweight title will be held at the Atlantic City (N.J.) Convention Center.

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