- The Washington Times - Monday, June 28, 2004

Washington Redskins tight end Kevin Ware was arrested over the weekend for public intoxication outside a Houston dance club.

Ware, who started two games as a rookie last season, was outside popular nightclub Pangea early Sunday when police arrived on a disturbance call. During the course of the investigation, a police spokeswoman said, the 23-year-old Texas native was arrested and charged with public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor.

“Obviously this is a very serious situation, but we’ll refrain from commenting until it is resolved,” Redskins spokesman Karl Swanson said.

Ware’s agent, Cameron Foster, did not return phone calls yesterday.

Though he has been charged with only a misdemeanor, Ware could face disciplinary action from the NFL, most likely in the form of a fine and/or mandatory alcohol and drug testing for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

It is Ware’s first offense since joining the Redskins in 2003, but it’s not the first time he was arrested. As a junior at the University of Washington in December 2001, he received a one-year suspended sentence and 240 hours of community service after pleading guilty to fourth-degree misdemeanor assault.

Ware was originally charged with third-degree assault, a felony, after striking a university police officer who was trying to break up a fight. He pleaded innocent in King County Superior Court at the time, then pleaded guilty after the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.

Ware was suspended for the remainder of the 2001 season, missing Washington’s trip to the Holiday Bowl, but he was reinstated his senior year and caught 42 passes for 463 yards in 2002.

Signed as an undrafted free agent last year, Ware appeared in 11 games with the Redskins, finishing with three receptions for 17 yards.

He faces stiff competition for a roster spot this season. Since taking over in January, coach Joe Gibbs has signed or drafted five tight ends/H-backs: Walter Rasby, Mike Sellers, Brian Kozlowski, Fred Baxter and Chris Cooley.

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