PHILLIPS INVESTIGATION: The woman who claims Miami Dolphins running back Lawrence Phillips punched her in the face at a nightclub is likely to lose a tooth as a result of the incident, her sister said in a report published Friday.
Saglenda Johnson, who shares a West Palm Beach apartment with accuser Michelle Black, told the Miami Herald that there was no mistaking Phillips after the June 27 encounter at the Brickhouse Restaurant & Lounge in Plantation, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale."No one was standing near my sister but me and the guy who hit her," Johnson told the newspaper.
"We didn't just make that up," she added. "We didn't point someone out of the blue. We pointed out the person who hit her."
Black sustained a chipped tooth and a cut lip and told authorities she temporarily blacked out. She was taken to Plantation General Hospital, where police took four photos of her injuries.
Johnson said her sister also had damage to another tooth, which she said "has turned black. It's actually dead."
Phillips, who pleaded no contest to assaulting a former girlfriend while in college, has asserted his innocence to Dolphins officials. Coach Jimmy Johnson issued a statement Monday saying the incident was "history" as far as the club was concerned.
BROWNS FANS WIN: An appeals court has cleared the way for season-ticket holders of the old Cleveland Browns to pursue a lawsuit against Art Modell, who moved the team to Baltimore in 1995.
The decision Thursday by the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals in Cleveland gave new life to a class-action lawsuit that had been thrown out last year.
The NFL will accept bids this summer from prospective owners of a replacement Browns team that will begin play in Cleveland in 1999 in a new stadium.
PITTS PASSES AWAY: Elijah Pitts, who spent 25 years in the NFL, playing for the Green Bay Packers and helping to coach the Buffalo Bills, died Friday in a Buffalo, N.Y., hospital. He was 60.
Pitts had been on medical leave from the Bills since being diagnosed with abdominal cancer last October. He was undergoing prolonged chemotherapy treatment.
Pitts spent 16 years as a Bills assistant. He became former coach Marv Levy's assistant head coach in 1992. Pitts took over as head coach for three games in 1995 season when Levy was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Pitts coached in four Super Bowls with the Bills and was part of four AFC championship teams.
As a player, Pitts spent nine years with the Green Bay Packers during their championship years under Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi. The Packers won four NFL championships and two Super Bowls during Pitts' career.
In 1967, he became the first player to rush for a touchdown in the Super Bowl when he scored against the Kansas City Chiefs. He also played for Chicago, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans before retiring in 1971. He was elected to Green Bay's Hall of Fame in 1979.