Chiefs' WR Rison Arrested


Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Andre Rison was one of six people arrested Saturday for fighting outside a Kansas City nightspot, police said.

Officers were called at about 2 a.m. to a disturbance outside the Have A Nice Day Cafe in the city's Westport entertainment district, police spokesman Floyd Mitchell said. Security guards detained several people before police made the arrests.

Mitchell said the six were taken to police headquarters and booked for disorderly conduct by fighting in public. No further details were released.

Chief spokesman Bob Moore said he had no information about the incident. He said it would be a personal matter involving an individual, not the team, and that the Chiefs' policy is not to comment.

"We don't talk about these issues," Moore said. "Let the legal system run its course."

Rison, 32, signed with the Chiefs as a free agent in 1997, after being released by the Green Bay Packers. He played earlier for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Cleveland Browns, the Atlanta Falcons and the Indianapolis Colts.

Rison, a five-time Pro Bowler, has not been a factor for the Chiefs this season, with only seven catches for 75 yards and no touchdowns. He caught 112 passes in his first season with the team.

He was hampered with a hamstring injury last season, but started 13 games and had 40 catches.

Rison, who has an unlisted telephone number, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Rison went to four straight Pro Bowls beginning in 1990 with Atlanta. But when the Chiefs signed him prior to the 1997 season, he had played for four different teams in two seasons and was branded by many as a clubhouse problem.

In April 1997, Rison was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in Lawrenceville, Ga., after refusing to get out of his car after a traffic stop. Rison was released from custody after paying a fine.

In 1994, Rison and Deion Sanders, then a member of the San Francisco 49ers, were fined $7,500 each by the NFL for a fight in which they traded slaps and punches in the middle of the field during a game between the Falcons and the 49ers.

When he took over this season as the Chiefs' head coach, Gunther Cunningham initiated a new policy requiring the team to stay together in a hotel the night before a home game. The move was aimed at curbing the tendeny of many players to frequent the Westport area on Saturday nights.

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