- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 5, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Five Washington Redskins players will be on hand to testify on behalf of safety Sean Taylor today when he stands trial for DUI in Fairfax County [VA.] General District Court.

Running back Clinton Portis, cornerback Fred Smoot, wide receiver Laveranues Coles, wide receiver Rod Gardner and cornerback Garnell Wilds are prepared to testify that Taylor was not drunk in the early morning of Oct.28, when he was arrested on the Capital Beltway.

Taylor has pleaded not guilty to two charges, DUI and refusing a breathalyzer. Police say Taylor failed a field sobriety test and refused a breathalyzer.

Taylor’s attorney, Warren McLain, believes Taylor actually passed the field test and was improperly advised of Virginia’s implied consent law, which deals with the refusal charge.

“I feel even more confident now, after talking to the witnesses, that this was a mistake to have him arrested,” McLain said in a phone interview. “I hope to prove that.”

The incident apparently followed a birthday party for Gardner. Wilds, according to McLain, was in the car when Taylor was pulled over. One of Taylor’s friends outside the Redskins will be in court to testify today, as well.

Coach Joe Gibbs deactivated Taylor for that week’s game, a 28-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Taylor, despite making headlines all year for his controversial behavior, enjoyed an impressive rookie season and was named a first alternate for the Pro Bowl.

Jody Foldesy

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