Commissioner Pete Rozelle, the final witness in the NFL's defense in the trial of USFL's antitrust suit, testified that Donald Trump offered to drop the suit and sell his USFL New Jersey Generals to "some stiff" if Rozelle would grant him an NFL expansion franchise.
Rozelle, who spent five days on the stand as the first witness called by the USFL 10 weeks ago, was on for 33 minutes yesterday, almost all of it spent discussing a May 12, 1984, meeting with Trump in New York. His version contradicted Trump's almost point by point.
Rozelle said the meeting was suggested by Trump in a phone call to his office. Rozelle, who said their only previous contacts had been casual ones at "charitable functions," said it was the first telephone conversation he had ever had with Trump, who had testified the commissioner was "a friend."
At the meeting, Rozelle said, Trump told him he had been assigned by the USFL to develop the antitrust suit. "But he said, 'I don't want to do these things,' " Rozelle testified. "He said, 'I want an NFL expansion team in New York.' And he said, and I'm quoting him exactly, 'I would get some stiff to buy the New York Generals, my team in the USFL.' "
Rozelle said he told Trump that would be an antitrust violation and said he also discussed the problems having three teams in New York would cause for television.
According to Trump's testimony last month, Rozelle instigated the meeting and offered him a franchise if he would drop the antitrust suit and keep the USFL a spring league instead of switching to the fall, as it did after three seasons . . .
Napoleon McCallum was one of 80 free agents and rookies at the Los Angeles Raiders' opening practice in Oxnard, Calif. "I felt scared out there," said McCallum, a naval officer on 30-day leave from a Long Beach, Calif., ship. "I didn't know a lot of the things . . .
"It's going to be tough going back to the Navy . I'm going to watch TV and see everybody I was in training camp with . . . and wish I was out there." . . .
With no progress reported in contract talks between Ron Jaworski and the Philadelphia Eagles, Matt Cavanaugh, who was acquired from San Francisco in April, was named the starting quarterback as training camp opened in West Chester, Pa. . . .
Ira Gordon said he discovered what appeared to be a pipe used for free-basing cocaine in the room his brother, former Miami Dolphins linebacker Larry Gordon, occupied in his sister's home in Phoenix. Larry Gordon, 28, collapsed while jogging June 25, 1983. The autopsy reported his death stemmed from a heart disease. A toxicological examinination tested negative for cocaine.
"I cleaned up his room after his death. I found drug paraphernalia. I found small amounts of cocaine," Gordon told The Arizona Republic, adding he threw the pipe away.