Judge sets pretrial date for Green

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 4, 2003

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio - Suspended Browns running back William Green will have a March 8 pretrial hearing on drunken driving and marijuana possession charges.

He appeared in court Wednesday, when the hearing had been scheduled. Green's lawyer was granted the new date, telling the judge he recently moved his office and did not receive case documents.

Green, whose NFL-imposed suspension for violating the league's substance abuse program was extended indefinitely by the league on Tuesday, wore a dark, pinstriped suit as he stood before Judge Maureen Adler Gravens.

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After his case was continued, Green did not stop to speak with reporters as he was whisked out of Rocky River Municipal Court accompanied by his lawyer.

''I'm doing OK,'' said the second-year back, who was suspended for four games on Nov. 8.

Asked if he was eager to return to the Browns, Green said, ''I love football.''

The league extended Green's suspension for ''treatment purposes.'' Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will decide when the player can return.

While serving his suspension, Green's fiancee was accused of stabbing him in the back with a steak knife. Asia Gray was charged with felonious assault and domestic violence.