Commissioner Pete Rozelle of the National Football League spoke privately to the Washington Redskins Tuesday about fullback John Riggins' recent drinking incidents, and said he will not take any action against Riggins.
Rozelle spoke with General Manager Bobby Beathard for about 10 minutes. Reached yesterday at his New York office, Rozelle said, "I'm satisfied that there is nothing that should involve the league office regarding Riggins."
Beathard, who was in Carlisle, Pa., where the Redskins concluded training camp yesterday, said, "We had a very short conversation. There was nothing to the conversation except that it was just Pete Rozelle asking what the deal was with John Riggins.
"I told him that Mr. Cooke (team owner Jack Kent Cooke) and (coach) Joe Gibbs had spoken with John and that they were satisfied that everything is fine."
It had not been expected that Rozelle's interest would take the form of direct intervention, as in testing for alcohol levels in blood.
The Redskins had expressed concern about Riggins before they signed him to a one-year contract believed to be worth $825,000. Riggins, who at 36 is the oldest running back in the league, was arrested on a drunk-in-public charge in Reston on July 25. On Jan. 30, Riggins, who witnesses said had been drinking wine, had told Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, "Loosen up, Sandy, baby," and later fell asleep on the floor during a speech by Vice President George Bush at a dinner at the Sheraton Washington Hotel.