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PATRIOTS PICK PRINCIPLES OVER PETER
Published April 25, 1996
The Patriots released their rights to fifth-round pick Christian Peter after details of "the extent of his record as a sex offender" were published in yesterday's BOSTON GLOBE. According to Patriots Player Personnel Dir Bobby Grier, information gathered by NFL security "showed conduct our organization found to be unacceptable." Grier said they did not have "complete information" when they made the pick. Patriots spokesperson Don Lowery: "We discovered our own investigation was terribly, terribly flawed." Patriots VP of Business Operations Andy Wasynczuk said the team would review its system of collecting information on potential draft choices (Ron Borges, BOSTON GLOBE, 4/25). Dan Shaughnessy writes, "Give the Patriots credit. They were dumb to draft Peter, but at least they didn't compound their error by being stubborn" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/25). PETERED OUT: Patriots Owner Robert Kraft said after the draft that he would not have picked Lawrence Phillips because of his past. But the team immediately faced questions about Peter, another Nebraska Cornhusker involved in assaults against women. The GLOBE reviewed Peter's record. He faces sentencing May 21 over a third-degree assault charge of grabbing a woman by the throat; he was suspended from the spring game for attacking a former Miss Nebraska; and he is named in a federal sex discrimination suit against the university over an alleged a rape cover-up (Jim Greenidge, BOSTON GLOBE, 4/24). Columnist Ellen McNamara called both Peter and Phillips "thugs who graduated from a college football program distinguished by its tolerance of violence off the field, particularly violence against women" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/24). A March 18 Sports Illustrated article also noted Peter's record (THE DAILY).