Saturday, September 2, 2006

"Look At That Little Meggett Run"


GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Former NFL running back Dave Meggett was charged with second-degree rape of his former girlfriend.

Meggett, who played for 10 seasons with the New York Giants, New England Patriots and New York Jets, is accused of raping the 27-year-old woman Wednesday or Thursday at her home, Pitt County Sheriff's Detective P.E. Moore said Friday.

"They were having some problems," Moore said, adding that the couple had an on-again, off-again relationship for about five years. "He wanted to get back with her and she didn't. He came over to see her and things went bad."

Authorities were notified early Thursday, Moore said. Meggett turned himself in to Robersonville police in neighboring Martin County on Thursday. He remained in the Pitt County Jail on Friday with bond set at $200,000.

Meggett, 40, waived a court-appointed attorney during his first court appearance Friday, the Pitt County Jail said.

Meggett had been working as the director of Robersonville Parks and Recreation in Martin County.

Meggett was arrested in 1998 on a sexual assault charge in Toronto when he was playing for the Patriots. The charge was dropped.

In 2004, Meggett was ordered jailed unless he came up with the $191,600 he owed in child support. He surrendered to authorities in Dedham, Mass., after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

After six years with the Giants, Meggett went to New England in 1995 and played three seasons. He finished his career with the Jets in 1998, playing two games that year.

He later worked as an assistant coach at American International College in Springfield, Mass.

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