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Santonio Holmes, NFL Lightning Rod, Removed from Plane; Didn't Want to Turn off iPod, Say Cops

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

PITTSBURGH (CBS/AP/KDKA) According to police, New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes was escorted off an airplane in Pittsburgh Thursday night when he refused to turn off his iPod.

Officials removed the football player from the plane around 9 p.m. due to his alleged disruptive behavior. After he talked with officials he said he understood and they let him back on the plane, says CBS affiliate KDKA.

Earlier in April, the Steelers traded Holmes to the Jets after the NFL suspended him for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

A civil lawsuit filed in Florida by Anshonoe Mills alleges that Holmes threw a liquor- filled glass at her face, cutting her just above the eye, after she refused to give up her seat in the VIP section of an Orlando nightclub on March 7. That case is still pending.

Holmes attended Ohio State University. He left a year early and was taken in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft.

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