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Ex-Jet Gastineau Arrested Again

September 2, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Former New York Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau was arrested Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a Manhattan woman, the second time this year he has been arrested for attacking a woman.

In the latest incident, which occurred Aug. 25, Gastineau allegedly slapped the 42-year-old woman four or five times, threw her against a wall and choked her, a law enforcement source said.

The woman told police she was Gastineau’s girlfriend but his lawyer, Joyce David, wasn’t certain of their relationship.

Gastineau, 41, was charged with third-degree assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. Police say he allegedly hoisted a table above his head and threatened the woman with it.

David said Gastineau, who now boxes for a living, was calm while talking to police shortly after being arrested around 2 a.m. at his home.

In February, Gastineau was charged with third-degree assault for allegedly attacking his 33-year-old girlfriend on a Queens street corner.

Gastineau has had brushes with the law before. In 1993, he was sentenced to three years probation and fined $1,400 on a reduced charge stemming from a 1991 drug-possession arrest. He had allegedly picked up a package of 200 amphetamine pills at an Arizona airport.

Gastineau was a defensive end for the Jets from 1979-1988, playing four times in the Pro Bowl and in 1984 was named NFL defensive player of the year.

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