Fuller apologizes for arrest on gambling charges

OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens veteran cornerback Corey Fuller apologized for any embarrassment caused by his arrest on felony gambling and firearm charges for allegedly running a high-stakes card game out of his Florida residence.<br><br>Fuller, 33, has been charged with a third-degree felony in Tallahassee, Fla., for allegedly operating a gambling house, a second-degree felony of using a firearm while committing a felony and a misdemeanor gambling charge.<br>

"I'm really embarrassed for myself because I pride myself with my name and my integrity, and I think my record speaks for itself before this incident happened," Fuller said. "I really just want to apologize to the people upstairs and to the fans and the people in this community."

The third-degree felony charge carries a possible five-year prison sentence and $5,000 fine. Fuller was released on $5,000 bail after his home was raided by law enforcement officials.

Informants and undercover officers told prosecutors that Fuller carried a handgun at all times during card games at his house, either brandishing the weapon in his waistband or in a belt holster. Prosecutors said the stakes were for thousands of dollars in a game called "Georgia Skins."

In January, Fuller and an intruder exchanged gunfire at his home in an attempted home invasion. Twenty shots were fired, but no one was hurt or charged with a crime despite Fuller offering a reward for the masked assailant's capture.

Fuller said he plans to leave his hometown where he attended high school and Florida State University.

"I'm definitely out of there," Fuller said. "It's not that I don't love Tallahassee, my mother is there, but the Lord gives you warnings and he gives you signs. I've had two warnings. The third strike for me there could be detrimental to my life.

"Going to jail? Not with all of the other things going on in the world. What I'm accused of doing, no, I can't see myself going to jail."
BOULWARE ON THE MEND: Pro Bowl outside linebacker Peter Boulware has a noticeable limp, but hopes he'll be available for the Ravens' Sept. 12 season-opener against the Cleveland Browns

He's recovering from off-season knee surgery and would likely be a situational pass rusher once he returns. Team officials expect him to miss the majority of, if not all of training camp.

"The knee's getting a lot better, and I hope to be running at the end of this month," Boulware said. "I got a good report on it three weeks ago, and everything's healing textbook, so it's just going to take time now."

McALISTER ABSENT: As anticipated by the team, Pro Bowl cornerback Chris McAlister skipped the mandatory minicamp.

McAlister hasn't signed his $7.1 million one-year tender and is seeking a lucrative, long-term contract. He's not required to attend off-season activities, and the team is scheduled to resume negotiations with his agent after July 15.

"He probably wants to be here, but there's contractual issues that he feels he has to deal with," Ravens coach Brian Billick said.

NO SLASH: When Billick was asked about newly-signed backup quarterback Kordell Stewart's versatility, he focused his answer heavily on the former Pittsburgh Steelers starter's mobility. 

When asked directly if Stewart would be revising his multi-dimensional "Slash" role, Billick said: "He can't catch for squat, if that's what you're asking about." 

LOCAL SCOUT: Chisom Opara joined the organization Monday as a personnel assistant. The Lutherville native is a Gilman and Princeton graduate who tried out at receiver and was cut by the team last summer.

QUICK HITS: All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis didn't practice as a precautionary measure following thumb surgery. … Cornerback Gary Baxter only took part in individual drills as he recovers from abdominal hernia surgery and is expected to be ready by training camp. … Offensive guard Casey Rabach worked with the first unit on the right side ahead of Bennie Anderson, last year's starter. … Former team owner Art Modell attended practice for the first time since selling 99 percent of the team to Steve Bisciotti. ... New cornerback Dale Carter intercepted a Kyle Boller pass and returned it for a touchdown during seven-on-seven drills.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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