Another Day, Another Controversy

It is Wednesday before we play the Steelers, and there is police tape blocking the door to William Green's house. The Browns had another distraction today, as William Green was treated for a knife would that, per the words of Carmen Policy, had "domestic overtones". Mike McLain brings us the latest...

BEREA – Another week, and another controversy for the Browns.

Running back William Green was rushed to a hospital after suffering a knife wound at his Westlake home. The wound, which Green told police happened during a fall, was called serious but not life threatening by Westlake police captain Guy Turner.

According to a report from the Westlake Police Department, Green suffered a puncture wound to his back behind the left shoulder. Green told police that he fell while carrying several items upstairs and was cut by a knife.

Green's house was sealed until police received a search warrant. The Ford SUV used to transport Green to St.John's-Westshore was impounded.

"I like him a great deal, but I'm not sure how well I know him," Browns president Carmen Policy said. "I empathize with him, but I'm not sure I fully understand his pain. All I can keep doing is what everyone in the building is doing and try to help him the best I can. Everyone prays that he's going to make it."

Green's girlfriend, Asia Gray, called emergency personnel at 10:43 a.m. Wednesday saying that her fiance had been cut in the side. When a rescue squad arrived on the scene, Green couldn't be found.

Green arrived at St. John's-Westshore hospital with Gray and the couple's infant daughter, Anyah. He was later transported to the Metro Health Center of Cleveland.

Policy said the incident has "domestic overtones," and coach Butch Davis said Green was the apparent victim of a domestic-violence crime. Police held Gray for questioning for several hours but had not filed charges as of Wednesday evening.

Green is in the process of serving a four-game suspension for a second violation of the NFL's drug and alcohol policy. He was arrested Oct. 27 and charged with DUI and marijuana possession. His blood-alcohol content was .165.

Policy indicated that the team won't give up in helping Green turn around his life. He said that Green needs to be more selective in selecting his friendships.

"It would be detrimental for the team to come back if he's not ready to focus on football or he's not physically able to give us what he has to give us in terms of production and commitment," Policy said. "I think his relationships have to be self-analyzed by William, and appropriate decisions have to be made relative to those relationships," Policy said. "I don't know if I can go beyond what I just said because I'm stepping into areas where I don't belong, but I do believe strongly in what I just said."

Free safety Earl Little remains convinced that the AFC North Division champion could have a losing record. The last time a team won a division crown without a winning record was in 1985, when the Browns claimed the AFC Central Division with an 8-8 record.

"All that you have to do is beat the teams in your division and you're in the playoffs," Little said. "We have three left."

POLICY ATTACKS REPORT: Policy reacted strongly to a report that he sold his 10 percent interest in the team so he can replace NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue a few years from now.

"It was a sublime example of disrespect for me and the organization," Policy said. "We're here trying to run a community jewel, and we're trying to do it in a way that it somehow results, not only in wins on the field, but also results in stability.

"We don't need people in the building wondering, ‘Is Carmen saying one thing on Monday and then we read something else on Wednesday?' It's especially irritating when there's no truth to it."

THE INJURY LIST: Questionable on the Browns injury report is fullback R.J. Bowers (ankle). Listed as probable are offensive lineman Chad Beasley (toe); defensive lineman Kenard Lang (back); cornerbacks Michael Lehan (shoulder), Lewis Sanders (groin) and Roosevelt Williams (shoulder); and linebackers Ben Taylor (back) and Chaun Thompson (eye).

For the Steelers tight end Jay Riemersma (sternum) is doubtful. Listed as questionable are offensive linemen Marvel Smith (neck) and Keydrick Vincent (groin), and cornerback DeWayne Washington (knee). Listed as probable are running back Jerome Bettis (shoulder); receiver Plaxico Burress (shoulder); linebacker Clark Haggans (ankle); safety Mike Logan (foot); receiver Antwaan Randle El (toe) and tight end Jerame Tuman (shoulder).


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