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Barnett claims charges 'overblown'

Dec. 12, 2007 at 10:23 AM

APPLETON, Wis., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Green Bay linebacker Nick Barnett pleaded innocent to disorderly conduct charges stemming from altercations last June in an Appleton, Wis., bar.

Barnett, 26, was charged after allegedly knocking the drinks out of the hands of two women, damaging a telephone belonging to one of the women and later throwing a drink in the face of one of the women and knocking her down.

Each charge could result in a 90-day jail sentence and $1,000 fine.

Barnett told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that the situation was "blown out of proportion" and didn't warrant criminal charges. He claimed, "Being a Packers player has a lot to do with it being blown out of proportion."

A second court appearance was set for Jan. 18 with trial scheduled Jan. 29, but Barnett's attorney told the Press-Gazette he would seek to have the dates pushed back sometime after Feb. 10, so they would not interfere with the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl.

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