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Underwood, Packers try to put incident behind them

But legal process hasn't finished playing out Brad Biggs

Print This June 10, 2010, 08:40 AM EST

Police have confirmed that one way or another, money was exchanged between Brandon Underwood and the two Milwaukee women who have accused him of sexual assault.

Whether or not this was a crime remains to be seen but Lake Delton Police Chief Tom Dorner said, “money was exchanged between the alleged suspect and the alleged victims before the alleged assault,” according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

To date, Underwood, a cornerback who was a sixth-round draft pick from Cincinnati in 2009, has not been charged with any crime. It is the expectation that the evidence will not support assault charges against him. But the district attorney’s office still has yet to receive the entire case from the police, something the report indicates will happen later today.

Underwood and the Packers went through an OTA practice on Wednesday that was not only open to media but also the public.

“Just at this current time I’m not going to be able to make any statements involving the situation due to the legal matters,” Underwood said. “I understand that you guys all have a job to do, but just at this current time I’m just not going to be able to make any statements or answer any questions. I just want to apologize to my teammates, who have been dragged into this. I’m sorry that it has been a distraction for the team.”

The Packers now have defensive end Johnny Jolly awaiting trial on felony drug charges in Harris County, Texas, next month. It has not been an ideal offseason for the franchise.

“I’ll just address the activity this past week that we have had as a football team,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters following practice. “We talked about it (Wednesday) morning in the team meeting. We discussed the fact that we are in an offseason program, and we’re in the paper way too much with things other than football.

“We all have a responsibility and an obligation to represent the Green Bay Packers properly. Every decision we make, both on and off the field, has consequences, and poor judgment was made. With that, the circumstances are what they are. We have dealt with it as a football team, and frankly we have moved on.”

If Underwood is cleared of any possible charges, then the team truly can move on.

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