The Florida Department of Corrections today filed an affidavit calling for the arrest of former Miami Dolphins defensive end Don Reese, charging he violated a five-year probationary sentence he received for selling cocaine in 1977.
Reese, who coauthored a June 14 Sports Illustrated expose on drug abuse in the National Football League, could receive a maximum of 30 years in prison if convicted.
After meeting with Miami attorney Robert Josefsberg, who represents Reese, and Phillip Ware of the Department of Offender Rehabilitation, Chief Assistant State Attorney George Yoss said late this afternoon, "Don Reese will be surrendered or arrested, then given a hearing."
Yoss later said that it was agreed in the meeting that Reese would surrender himself sometime next week. Josefsberg left the state attorney's office quickly and refused to comment. Reese was not present at the hearing and was also unavailable for comment.
In the affidavit, which will lead to the official issuance of a warrant for arrest Thursday, Reese is charged with three violations:
* Possession of a controlled substance while serving a one-year sentence in the Dade County Stockade from Aug. 15, 1977, to Aug. 14, 1978;
* Possession of a controlled substance between Aug. 15, 1978, and June 30, 1982;
* Frequenting places where drugs or other dangerous substances were used.
If found guilty of parole violation, Reese, 30, could receive up to 30 years in prison. Yoss said Reese would not receive credit for having served one year for the initial violation. "He would not serve more than 30 years," Yoss said.
In the Sports Illustrated story, Reese admitted possessing and using cocaine during the dates specified in the affidavit. Yoss, who directed an investigation of Reese for the past six weeks, interviewing current and former NFL players named in Reese's first-person account, said the story itself will not be used against Reese.
"The statements in the story are only hearsay," said Yoss. "There is a possibility, however, that statements made to the reporter (Sports Illustrated's John Underwood) might be used."
Yoss concluded by saying with confidence, "At the hearing we will be able to prove that Don Reese violated his probation."