Sunday, January 31, 1999

Falcons' Robinson arrested on sex charge




BY ALEX VEIGA
Associated Press Writer

        MIAMI — Atlanta Falcons safety Eugene Robinson was arrested on a sex solicitation charge Saturday night less than 24 hours before the start of the Super Bowl.

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        Robinson, 36, was arrested at 9 p.m. EST and charged with soliciting an undercover police officer for oral sex on Biscayne Boulevard, a busy street frequented by prostitutes and drug dealers.

        “We did arrest a Falcon player this evening, Eugene Robinson, for soliciting prostitution from one of our undercover officers,” police spokesman Angel Calzadilla said.

        Robinson was driving a car when he offered the officer $40 for oral sex, Calzadilla said. He was alone at the time.

        Robinson was released from Miami Police headquarters around 11 p.m. to a Falcons team official. He promised to return for a court appearance, which is usually scheduled within 21 to 30 days.

        Reached in his hotel room early Sunday, Falcons general manager Harold Richardson said: “I've been asleep. I'll have to check on it in the morning.”

        Earlier in the day, Robinson lounged by the pool at the team's hotel with his wife, Gia, and their 9-year-old son, Brandon. The couple also has an 11-year-old daughter, Brittany.

        Robinson, who played in the last two Super Bowls with Green Bay, is the NFL's career active leader in interceptions with 53.

        He signed with the Falcons as a free agent after the Packers decided to go with a younger player at his position. Robinson became the unquestioned leader of the Falcons' secondary, earning Pro Bowl honors, and talked frequently about his strong religious faith.



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