Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 28, 1974 · Page 20
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 20

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, April 28, 1974
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«c Northwest Arkonsa* TIMES, Sun., April 28, 1974 FAYETTIVILLr, A R K A N S A S Harland Svare Takes Blame For Violations Of NFL Drug Policy SAN DIEGO (AP) - Coach . Harland Svarc of the San Diop Chargers takes the biame (or violations of the National Fool- ball League's drug policy which resulted in $40,000 in fines for apparent marijuana use. "I was responsible for everything lhat went on with tlie San Diego Charger football team," said Svnre, contacted in Minnesota. "I was not aware of the severity of the problem. 1 really didn't believe it. but I wa.s responsible. I accept the discipline." "Everybody knows we're talking about marijuana," Svare said. NFL Commissioner Pete Rozclle, who announced the fines Friday, declined to stale what kind of drugs were involved. Rozelle said the personnel named for violating (he league's newly-strengthened drug policy were placed on probation. Charger owner Eugene Klein, who was fined $20,000, said, "I hope this is an example to everyone in football. A strong stand was necessary'" The disciplining of the Chargers was the first action taken since the league announced its new drug policy last June. Svare. who coached the Chargers for half of last season before becoming general manager, was fined. $5,000. Defensive end Deacon Jones and linebacker Tim Rossovich were fined 13,000 each; wide ceiver Jerry 'Levias and defensive linemen Coy Bacon and Dave Costa, $2,000 each; a n d linebacker-coach Rick Redman, running back Bob Thomas and guard Walt Sweeney, $1,000 each. Sweeney, the only player who commented on the fines, was traded to the Washington Redskins after last season. "I'm appalled," he said. "I haven't done anything illegal. Happily, I'm no longer connected with Ranger Catcher Suffers Injury NEW YORK (AP) - Catcher Rich Billings was injured during a collision at home plate with New York's Bobby Murcer in the second inning of Saturday's game against the Yankees. Murcer, who was on third base, tried to score on an infield grounder and was tagged out by Billings,who apparently injured his leg on the play and was heloed off the field them (Ihe Chargers)." It has. however, been reported Hint the players, their attorneys, and the NFL, Players Association were notified before Rozelle made the announce inenl, and there was no talk ol opposing the punishments. In imposing the fines. Rozelle said Svare was fined "for failure to exercise proper supervisory controls" and Klein "foi supervisory omissions by the Chargers' administrative staff." The Chargers new coach. Tommy Prolliro, said the team will tighten its policy on drugs. 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