Washington's Feb. arrest leads to 1-game suspension


August 02, 2008|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter

Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington was suspended one game by the NFL yesterday for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Washington, who was traded from the Oakland Raiders three months ago, will miss the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 7.

The punishment stems from his February arrest on a domestic battery charge. He was arrested at his home in East Manatee County, Fla., after the responding police officer noticed a red mark on the neck of Washington's 21-year-old live-in girlfriend.

Washington, 25, who had pleaded not guilty to the charge, said the altercation didn't get physical. He will avoid prosecution for the charge as long as he completes a program for first-time offenders.

"I put myself in a bad situation, and I did not handle it the right way," Washington said in a statement. "I was wrong and made a mistake. My girlfriend, my attorney and I wanted a quick resolution and knew that a suspension could happen."

Washington is expected to compete against Samari Rolle for a starting cornerback job. He has been running with the first-team defense throughout training camp because Rolle has not yet reported. (His father died last week.)

The Ravens traded a fourth-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for Washington on the second day of this year's draft.

A first-round pick in 2005, Washington was expendable after the Raiders traded for DeAngelo Hall.

In three seasons with Oakland, Washington had 112 tackles and five interceptions. He was a starter his first two seasons before losing his job early last year.

"Based on the NFL's personal conduct policy and Fabian's agreement with the authorities, we knew that a suspension was a possibility," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "Fabian knows his actions were a mistake and has taken appropriate actions since then."


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