LITTLETON, Colo. - Former Denver Bronco and current Los Angeles Ram player Gerald Perry was sentenced to 75 days in jail yesterday and began serving the sentence only hours later, after admitting he sexually assaulted the fiancee of a teammate.
Carmen Santiago, fiancee of former Broncos player Orson Mobley, watched as Perry pleaded guilty to misdemeanor third-degree sexual assault.
Arapahoe County District Judge Kenneth Stuart sentenced Perry to 180 days in jail, but suspended 105 of them. Stuart also ordered Perry to contribute $5,000 to a charity that helps victims of sexual assault or domestic violence.
At the time of the incident Nov. 13, Santiago said Perry "was violent, angry and physical. There was no doubt in my mind he was trying to hurt me. I won't be able to put it behind me for a long, long time."
Santiago said she was satisfied with the plea bargain.
The sentence will allow Perry to join the Los Angeles Rams after missing only a couple weeks of training camp.
He faces another hearing in Aurora Municipal Court where a judge will decide whether to add another 45 days to the sentence for violating probation on a conviction of solicitation for prostitution.
MIAMI GETS '95 SUPER BOWL
-- MINNEAPOLIS - South Florida squeezed out a surprising victory in the chase for the 1995 Super Bowl, upsetting Houston thanks to a seating snafu that shrunk Astrodome capacity.
"Fantastic, fantastic!" Miami Dolphins president Tim Robbie shouted after NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced Joe Robbie Stadium would be host to the 29th Super Bowl Jan. 29, 1995.
Five hours before yesterday's vote, the NFL Super Bowl site-selection committee informed Houston officials that 3,000 of the temporary seats to be installed on the Astrodome floor had restricted views. That decreased the Astrodome capacity for the game to 67,500 from 70,500.
NFL guidelines state there should be "approximately 70,000" seats or more as a Super Bowl site.
HEBERT, SAINTS REACH DEAL
-- NEW ORLEANS - Bobby Hebert has reached accord with the New Orleans Saints on a contract calling for double his 1989 salary, and only some technicalities are holding up a final agreement, said his agent.
Hebert was benched for the final three games of the 1989 season - all victories led by John Fourcade. After the season, Hebert said he would never again play for the Saints, no matter how much they paid him.
During the 1990 season, which Hebert sat out, he recanted and said he'd play for New Orleans, if offered a big enough contract.
Greg Campbell, Hebert's agent, said Hebert agreed to a two-year deal, although no contract had been signed.
A New Orleans newspaper said the agreement provides $1.3 million in 1991 and $1.45 million in 1992. Hebert's base salary was $650,000 in 1989.
MAJKOWSKI TO SIGN?
-- GREEN BAY, Wis. - Quarterback Don Majkowski, recovering from shoulder surgery, said he expects to sign a one-year contract for less than $2 million before the Green Bay Packers resume training July 15.
Majkowski was a training-camp holdout for 45 days last year, leaving him short of full readiness when the playing season began.
Majkowski said current contract talks haven't involved "such a big gap that we had to close like last year" and that "there's no doubt" that he will sign sooner.