Ex-Boxer Morrison Arrested


Ex-boxer Tommy Morrison was arrested on drug charges after being stopped for careless driving.

The former WBO heavyweight champion was carrying more than a gram of cocaine and also had marijuana and a gun, police said.

He was arrested Thursday night after officers spotted him driving erratically on a busy street. He was cooperative, although he refused to take a drug test, Sgt. Mike Perryman said. An arraignment was expected today.

Morrison, whose career ended in 1996 after he contracted the AIDS virus, has been in trouble with the law several times.

In Tulsa County, Okla., last week, he received a two-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to drunken driving. At the hearing, Morrison said he might consider a return to the ring.

In 1997, a Delaware County (Okla.) jury convicted Morrison of driving under the influence and other charges related to a traffic accident that injured three people. He was ordered to spend time in a treatment facility.

He also avoided jail time on charges of drunken driving and speeding in Kansas in 1997.

Morrison won the WBO championship in 1993 by defeating George Foreman. He had 40 knockouts during his career.

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