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Thursday, July 22, 1999

Lett may only get four game suspension

IRVING, Texas, July 22, 1999 (AP) A four-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Leon Lett is under consideration by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue as the player is seeking reinstatement, according to published reports.

Several sources involved in the process told The Dallas Morning News in today's editions that Tagliabue is apparently favoring a four-game suspension, which would make Lett available for the Cowboys' game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 10.

Meanwhile, Lett has applied to the National Football League for reinstatement, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Tagliabue, responding through NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, said "nothing has been decided" about the duration of Lett's indefinite suspension but said he would make his decision soon.

A precedent exists. Former Cowboy defensive back Clayton Holmes, who once found himself in the same stage of the aftercare program that Lett is in now, received a four-game suspension after one of his slips.

Lett's representatives and Cowboys' officials declined to comment. Lett was in Alabama with his family and could not be reached for comment by The Associated Press.

Reports of a suspension first leaked in the days leading up to the April draft. No one disputed that Lett had slipped and violated the league's substance abuse policy. Instead, club officials tried to lay the groundwork for leniency.

On June 4, Lett was suspended indefinitely and placed on the league's reserved suspended list. It marked the third suspension in the last four years for the defensive tackle.

The first came in November of 1995 after Lett tested positive for marijuana. He missed four games. The second came in December of 1996 when he tested positive for cocaine resulting in a 16-game suspension served over two seasons.

That incident placed Lett in Stage Three of the league's substance-abuse program, which carries an automatic one-year suspension. Tagliabue and the medical advisor have the latitude to handle succeeding slips in this stage of the program differently. The severity of the violation, the player's adherence to the program and how he has responded to the program are other considerations in determining punishment.

Lett has not been cleared to participate in the Cowboys training camp, which begins Monday in Wichita Falls.

Rec Department seeks co-ed softball teams

PECOS, July 22, 1999 -- The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department is continuing to seek players and teams for a co-ed softball league.

For further information, either call the recreation department at 447-9776 or stop by the department's office in the front lobby of the old Pecos High School gym.

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