Originally created 09/22/00

Redskins lineman arrested



ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins lineman Dana Stubblefield was arrested on charges of assaulting his wife in a dispute about luggage.

An argument between the 315-pound tackle and his wife escalated into a fight, Fairfax County police said. Kim Stubblefield called police to their Great Falls, Va., home Wednesday night.

"Nobody got hurt, nobody was drinking, nobody was doing anything out of the ordinary," Stubblefield said from practice Thursday. "Just one of those normal arguments you get with your wife."

Stubblefield was taken to Fairfax County jail. He was released on $2,500 bail and told not to have any contact with his wife for 48 hours.

"Didn't realize that if the cops were called that I'd have to be taken down," Stubblefield said.

There were no signs of physical injury and she declined medical treatment, a police spokeswoman said.

Stubblefield said only words were exchanged with his wife. He insisted there was no contact.

"It was obvious that the argument wasn't that bad because our two kids were sleeping right down the hall, they never woke up," he said.

The arrest comes at a time of discord for the Redskins. With a $100 million payroll, they were regarded by many as a favorite to reach the Super Bowl. But they have won just one of their first three games and have lost their best receiver, Michael Westbrook, for the season with a torn knee ligament.

Stubblefield said he is aware of the NFL's tougher stand on domestic violence. But he does not expect to be suspended and he is focusing on Sunday's upcoming game against the unbeaten New York Giants.

"I went to Norv (Turner, the coach) and told him that it's not a distraction," he said. "You don't have to worry, my mind is on New York 100 percent."

Stubblefield is entering his eighth year in the league. He joined the Redskins in 1996 and was the NFL's defensive rookie of the year with San Francisco in 1993.

The arrest came on the same day Mustafah Muhammad of the Indianapolis Colts was suspended without pay for two games by the NFL. He was convicted Aug. 29 of beating his pregnant wife. She died 10 days later as the result of injuries from an auto accident, and the baby was stillborn.

"The NFL simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers the public or casts a negative light on the league and its players," commissioner Paul Tagliabue wrote in a letter to Muhammad.

Muhammad was sentenced to a suspended one-year jail term and placed on probation for one year.

Under NFL policy, a player arrested or charged with a crime involving violence or the threat of violence must be evaluated by professional experts.

If a court determines a player violated the law, he faces a fine or suspension without pay.

Stubblefield said he has sought the advice of older teammates.

"It's between him and his family," cornerback Deion Sanders said. "They'll be holding hands and hugging and kissing soon."