Phillips Charged With Battery

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Running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with battery after a woman accused him of turning violent in June when she refused to dance with him.

The case is the latest in a series of legal problems for Phillips. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to one year in jail.

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Phillips, who was released by the Miami Dolphins on July 25, faces a first-degree misdemeanor battery charge. Michelle Black of West Palm Beach says the 220-pound player struck her at a nightclub June 27.

Phillips was a leading Heisman Trophy contender as a junior at Nebraska until his suspension two games into the 1995 season. He pleaded no contest to assaulting a former girlfriend. He was reinstated for the Fiesta Bowl and gave up his senior season to join the NFL.

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