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Seahawks' Tatupu arrested

LB investigated on DUI charge

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Associated Press / May 14, 2008

Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl linebacker Lofa Tatupu was arrested early Saturday morning in Kirkland, Wash., for investigation of drunken driving.

Police in Kirkland, the suburban home of the Seahawks' headquarters and practice facility, reported Tatupu registered blood-alcohol levels of .155 and .158 in breath test readings - nearly twice the legal limit in Washington.

Those tests came almost 90 minutes after the 25-year-old cornerstone of Seattle's defense was handcuffed and driven to the police station.

"I want to apologize to my family, teammates, the Seahawks ownership and organization, and the fans for making a poor decision and putting myself in a bad situation," Tatupu said in a statement yesterday.

"I take seriously my role as a leader on this team, and in the community, and because of that I'm disappointed and embarrassed by the level of poor judgment I used last weekend."

The Seahawks signed Tatupu, a King Philip Regional High graduate who played at the University of Maine and at Southern California, to a $42 million contract extension in March.

Bills release Everett

The Buffalo Bills released Kevin Everett, clearing the way for the former tight end to receive disability benefits for the spinal cord injury that ended his career.

Everett was initially paralyzed from the neck down after a violent collision with then-Denver receiver Domenik Hixon on a kickoff return in last year's season opener.

Doctors doubted Everett would walk again, but the Texas native regained many motor skills, including the ability to walk without assistance.

Everett will be able to apply for long-term disability benefits and a one-time payment under the player health reimbursement plan. He would not have been eligible for the programs if he stayed on the Bills active roster.

Raiders sign Spires

The Oakland Raiders made another move to try to upgrade their defense, signing free agent defensive end Greg Spires to a one-year contract to compete for a job as pass rusher on the right side. The Raiders have been looking for someone to complement left end Derrick Burgess since losing Chris Clemons as a free agent to Philadelphia. Oakland signed Kalimba Edwards from Detroit earlier this offseason, drafted Trevor Scott in the sixth round from Buffalo, and has second-year player Jay Richardson returning. Spires, who was released by Tampa Bay in a salary cap move in February, joined the Raiders yesterday and participated in the team's offseason practice. He has 39.5 sacks in his 10-year career, playing the past six seasons with the Buccaneers . . . Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said he likely will boycott the team's mandatory minicamp to express his unhappiness with his current contract.

Prison for Hambrick

A Tampa judge has sentenced former NFL running back Troy Hambrick to five years in prison for selling crack cocaine. The former Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals player was sentenced by US District Judge Steven D. Merryday. Hambrick pleaded guilty Feb. 26 to one count of distributing 50 grams or more of crack cocaine . . . Doctors in Arizona and Pennsylvania announced they are donating medical care to NFL players in need through the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.

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