|Alcohol, travel rules for Kircus may be eased in assault case|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 25 May 2007 06:13|
At a hearing Friday, defense attorney Harvey Steinberg also asked District Judge Anne Ollada to lift a restriction on alcohol consumption. Ollada said she wanted to hear from the alleged victim before making a final decision. Another hearing was scheduled for later in the day.
Kircus was arrested for investigation of second-degree assault after Arapahoe County sheriff's investigators said he struck a man at a party in suburban Denver early Sunday. Investigators said Kircus had gotten into an argument after he was asked to leave.
The restraining order, issued Tuesday, also bars Kircus from contacting the alleged victim or any witnesses. The order is routine in such cases, prosecutors said.
Kircus appeared in court Friday wearing a pinstripe suit, a maroon shirt and a tie. Both he and Steinberg refused to comment afterward, but as they approached a bank of TV cameras outside the courthouse, Steinberg told his client, ``I'll be the blocker.''
Kircus, who resumed his NFL career last season after spending a year away from football working in a sandwich shop, is free on $6,000 bail. If convicted, he could be sentenced to two to six years in prison.
Coach Mike Shanahan is waiting to see how the case develops but said this week, ``Obviously, if he didn't handle himself the right way he won't be with us.''
Kircus is a backup receiver and return specialist who joined the team last season. He had nine receptions for a team-leading 20.8 yards per catch and returned six punts for a 14.3-yard average last year.