Embezzlement sentencing delayed for ex-NFL wide receiver


CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal court judge has delayed the sentencing of a former NFL wide receiver who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from his charities to finance his gambling debts and personal expenses.

Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/29cyAou ) that attorneys for 68-year-old Reggie Rucker argued that they needed more time to produce medical records that might prove that the ex-Cleveland Brown player’s history of concussions spurred the thefts.

The judge had a conference call Wednesday with prosecutors and the defense team and agreed to an Aug. 3 sentencing date. The Warrensville Heights man faces about two years in prison.

Defense attorneys say they believe repeated hits to the head that Rucker sustained during his 13-year National Football League career could explain why he took the money from his nonviolence nonprofits.

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Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com

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