PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - David Howard, a Brown University
defensive lineman drafted in the spring by the Tennessee Titans,
has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge in Rhode
Howard was accused in April 2009 of punching and kicking a
customer at a bar where he was working as a bouncer. He entered the
plea Monday to a charge of simple assault.
Howard's lawyer, Mark Smith, said Tuesday that the plea does not
constitute a conviction and that the charge will be expunged from
Howard's record if he stays out of trouble for a year.
Smith says Howard wanted to get the case behind him and move on
with his life.