Lawrence Phillips, the troubled running back who revived his career in Europe, was told yesterday by Commissioner Paul Tagliabue that he will be fined for past misdeeds if he signs with an NFL team.
Phillips, who became the first running back to gain more than 1,000 yards in the NFL Europe's eight-game season, met for an hour with Tagliabue.
"I worked hard to meet my responsibilities in NFL Europe this spring and I'm determined to do the same in the NFL starting this summer," Phillips said after the meeting.
The league later said in a statement that Tagliabue told Phillips "that as a result of past misconduct, he will be subject to a substantial fine this season."
The statement said the amount will be determined later.
Phillips pleaded no contest to beating a former girlfriend while at Nebraska, then left the school after his junior season.
The Rams chose Phillips as the sixth overall pick of the 1996 draft, but he was arrested on drunken driving charges and spent 23 days in jail during 19 months with the team.
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