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Harper arrested,
allegedly hit wife

Jun. 5, 2005 12:00 AM 

Indianapolis Colts cornerback Nick Harper was arrested Saturday for allegedly hitting his wife. Deputies were called to the couple's home north of Indianapolis in the morning, Hamilton County (Ind.) Sheriff Doug Carter said. Harper's wife, Danielle, was treated for an eye injury but wasn't taken to a hospital, Carter said. Harper, 30, was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and was being held at the Hamilton County Jail in Noblesville, Ind., on $2,500 bond. Because of the nature of the charges, he cannot bond out of jail until after his initial court appearance Monday.


For the second time in less than one week, 
an Indianapolis Colts player faces criminal charges.


Nick Harper, a starting cornerback the past two seasons, is in Hamilton County Jail in Noblesville, Ind., after being arrested Saturday morning following a domestic incident involving his wife, Danielle. Harper was arrested at the couple's Carmel, Ind., residence on a charge of domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor.

Harper's situation follows the arrest last Sunday of starting safety Mike Doss on gun-related charges in Akron, Ohio. An Akron grand jury is expected to determine Monday whether Doss should be indicted. He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a weapon within city limits, inducing panic and obstructing official business.


Since January, four other Colts players have been in the news for off-field situations. That includes starting defensive tackle Montae Reagor, who is expected to appear in Arapahoe (Colo.) County Court on Monday for the start of a jury trial stemming from misdemeanor harassment charges in a case involving a former girlfriend.
Read more about it here

Wide receiver Marvin Harrison
Read about it here
and rookie cornerback Marlin Jackson
Read about it here

 are subjects of separate civil lawsuits,
while cornerback Joseph Jefferson was placed on probation and sentenced to community service in March for a 2004 drunken driving violation.

Jefferson sentenced

March 12, 2005

Indianapolis Colts cornerback Joseph Jefferson has been placed on probation and sentenced to community service for a 2004 drunken driving conviction.

According to Jim Voyles, Jefferson's attorney, Jefferson was sentenced Thursday in Johnson County Circuit Court to probation and 40 hours of community service, and must pay minimal fines and court fees. Jefferson, who was treated as a first-time offender, already had his driver's license suspended.

The sentence was a result of a 2004 conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol.

. . . and then we have the spouse of Colts Player being arrested - Read more here

Harper became the latest Colt to run afoul of the law when Hamilton County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to a Saturday morning call from his residence. According to Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Carter, when deputies arrived at 6:34 a.m., Harper and his wife were involved in an altercation that apparently began when Harper arrived home.

In a news release, Carter said Danielle Harper "suffered an abrasion near her eye, which was reportedly due to being struck by her husband, Nick."


Danielle Harper was treated at the scene by Carmel medics and did not require hospitalization.


The Harpers' three children were home at the time of the incident but not harmed. Deputies suspect alcohol was a factor in the altercation.


Harper, 30, was arrested and transported to the Hamilton County jail. Because of the nature of the charge, he was required to spend 48 hours in jail. Harper faces a Monday court appearance, at which time his bond will be $2,500.


Colts spokesman Craig Kelley said Saturday afternoon the team was aware of the situation but would have no further comment. Jim Voyles, Harper's attorney, declined comment.


Although Colts coach Tony Dungy was not made available to comment on Harper's situation, last week he expressed his displeasure with Doss' arrest. He emphasized the importance of individuals associated with the organization conducting themselves in a proper manner.


"It's the responsibility we have as Colts," Dungy said. "We have a lot of young people that look up to our guys. I've said in the community very often that I don't care . . . who of our 53 guys a young man holds up as a role model, he could be safe knowing that he's holding up a good person.


"We take that responsibility very seriously. We think that's just as important as the ability to play the game."


Dungy added the team will take disciplinary action against Doss once it had gathered all of the facts from the incident and determined what punitive steps were allowed under the NFL's labor agreement with the players association.


Harper might find himself subject to the team's discipline as well.


The NFL also might get involved regarding Doss and Harper. Any player in violation of the league's personal conduct policy is subject to discipline from commissioner Paul Tagliabue. That may include a fine, suspension without pay and banishment from the league.


A player can be disciplined by the NFL once the legal process concludes if he's convicted of a criminal violation or admits to one while pleading to a lesser charge.


Harper, who joined the Colts as a free agent in 2001, has started 27 regular-season games the past two years. He had three interceptions in 2004 and a team-high four in 2003. Harper is expected to compete for a starter's role again this season.


Harper became an unrestricted free agent in March, but remained with the team by signing a two-year, $2.4 million contract in April.


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