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Bam Morris Suspended Four Games

July 15, 1996 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Bam Morris, released by the Pittsburgh Steelers last week after pleading guilty to marijuana possession, has been suspended for four games by the NFL.

In a letter to the running back, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue cited his conduct ``as a threat to public support of the league not only among parents and their children, who may view NFL players as role models, but also among the millions who find it difficult to tolerate, or indeed to root for, athletes who engage in such unlawful activity.″

The suspension comes on the day that Michael Irvin, the star receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, pleaded no contest to a felony cocaine possession charge in return for no jail time.

Irvin could be subject to similar punishment under a provision in the NFL’s drug policy that allows the league to suspend for up to four games any player who admits to a violation of the law in connection with drugs.

Morris, who rushed for 836 yards as a rookie two years ago and added 559 last season, has not signed with any team. When he does, he will have to miss the first four regular-season games.

Morris was arrested last March 22 after police found about 6 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car. He pleaded guilty in Rockwall, Texas, on June 27. He was placed on probation and fined $7,000 and also was ordered to do 200 hours of community service.

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