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McDougle apologizes for arrest

April 25, 2003 at 3:26 PM

CORAL GABLES, Fla., April 25 (UPI) -- Miami defensive end Jerome McDougle was charged Thursday with a misdemeanor of resisting arrest without violence.

According to a police report, McDougle, who is expected to be a top-20 pick in Saturday's NFL Draft, prevented a university parking enforcement officer from towing away a friend's vehicle. When he was repeatedly told to stop leaning against the car, McDougle refused, was taken to Miami-Dade (Fla.) County Jail, and released on $500 bond.

Worried the arrest would hurt his draft status, McDougle and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, quickly notified teams of the situation.

"I regret that this happened," McDougle said in a statement. "I apologize for any embarrassment that this may cause to my family, friends, the University of Miami, and its fans. I'm sorry I got involved. I didn't realize it at the time that my conduct would cause a problem."

The 6-2, 264-pounder is expected to be the second or third defensive end selected in the draft. He was first team Big East in 2001 and 2002, his only two seasons at Miami, totaling 114 tackles and 14 sacks.

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