A judge dismisses assault and battery charges against two Virginia Tech
Linebacker George Del Ricco
and Tech Quarterback Jim Druckenmiller were charged after a fight outside a
SUPER=03-Iron Gate/File Tape;
The Iron Gate Police officer charged with reckless driving on the job-
loses his appeal. Joe Dashiell has the story.
Plus a 6 year old struck by lightning about a week ago- is recovering.
Tonight she spoke with reporter Jay Moore. We'll hear how she's doing.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Former Virginia Tech football player George Del Ricco got a graduation
present two days early.
Montgomery County general district Judge Thomas Frith dismissed assault and
battery charges against the linebacker, AND quarterback Jim Druckenmiller.
Tracy Altizer reports.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/December 31, 1995; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Va. Tech Quarterback; :20
SUPER=01-Skip Schwab/Asst. Montgomery Co. Prosecutor; :39
SUPER=01-George Del Ricco/Former Va. Tech Linebacker; 1:13
OUT Q=News 7 Blacksburg.
(( Jim Druckenmiller's passing helped propel the Hokies to a shining 1995
Sugar Bowl win.
But no one saw if the Tech quarterback used his golden arm to throw a punch
in a fight outside a Blacksburg bar.
After the judge punted the case for lack of evidence, Druckenmiller said as
a prominent college football player, he was an easy target.
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VA TECH QUARTERBACK: IT COMES WITH THE POSITION THAT WE'RE
IN. I ENJOY GOING OUT THERE ON SATURDAYS AND PLAYING, JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE
DOES LIKE WATCHING ME. ))
Out of a parade of witnesses who saw co-defendant Chris Bishock and his
brother beating the victim, only one could testify to seeing George Del Ricco
throw a punch, the victim, Sean Elko.
((SKIP SCHWAB/ASST. MONTGOMERY CO. PROSECUTOR: BUT I'LL BE DOGGONE IF THEY'RE
GONNA MAKE A MOCKERY OUT OF IT BY SAYING, WELL ONLY ONE PERSON IDENTIFIED HIM.
THAT'S RIGHT, AND IT ONLY TAKES ONE PERSON. THE PERSON THAT SAW MR. DEL RICCO'S
FIST HIT HIM IN THE FACE. ))
But Del Ricco said he only watched the fight, and testified he tried to
steer clear of Elko and his friend Jesse Phillips because of an altercation
with Phillips weeks before.
The judge said he believed Del Ricco may have hit Elko, but because he
wasn't convinced beyond a reasonable doubt he had to dismiss the charges.
Del Ricco says he was a victim of overzealous prosecution.
((GEORGE DEL RICCO/FORMER TECH LINEBACKER: I HAD TO WORRY ABOUT THIS WITH
TRYOUTS GOING ON AND STUFF. I DON'T KNOW IF IT AFFECTED ME WITH THE PROS. SOME
TEAMS MAYBE NOT LOOKED AT ME AS MUCH. ))
Judge Frith certified malicious wounding charges against Bishock to the
grand jury. And about Del Ricco's earlier encounter with Phillips, the judge
convicted Phillips of assault and battery and fined him 250 dollars for hitting
Del Ricco over the head with a beer bottle.
Tracy Altizer, News 7 Blacksburg.))
Iron Gate Police Officer Jim Phillips lost another round in court.
Today, a judge rejected his appeal and convicted him of reckless driving.
Joe Dashiell reports from Fincastle.
IN Q=On the morning of March 1st
SUPER=03-Iron Gate/File Tape; :00
SUPER=07-Dennis Dew; :14
SUPER=01-Jim Phillips/Iron Gate Police Officer; :33
SUPER=01-Judge George Honts/Botetourt Co. Circuit Court; :52
OUT Q=JD News 7 Fincastle
((On the morning of March 1st, Jim Phillips was pursuing a motorist he
believed was driving with a suspended license.
Along a narrow stretch of US 220 in Botetourt County, he crossed a double
yellow line to pass a slow- moving truck.
SOT DENNIS DEW #1 17:41:29
IN Q=He jumped out
((HE JUMPED OUT IN FRONT SO QUICK I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I SLAMMED ON THE
BRAKES AND I WAS JUST PRAYING THAT HE WOULDN'T HIT. ))
OUT Q=wouldn't hit.
The cars didn't hit, but Dennis Dew believes they would have if he hadn't
Phillips told judge George Honts the encounter wasn't that close and never
threatened either driver.
SOT JIM PHILLIPS #2 18:23:31
IN Q=And I immediately
((JIM PHILLIPS/IRON GATE OFFICER: AND I IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT THAT HE HAD SEEN MY
EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT, BECAUSE WHEN I EASED OUT, SAW THE TRAFFIC, AND SAW HIM
PULL OVER AND SLOW, I KNEW I HAD ADEQUATE SPACE IN WHICH TO PASS.))
OUT Q=in which to pass.
Prosecutor Joel Branscom argued there was no emergency that justified
Phillips actions and judge Honts agreed.
SOT JUDGE HONTS #4 19:03:27
IN Q=It seems to me
((IT SEEMS TO ME THE STANDARD HERE IS THAT OF A REASONABLE PERSON AND THE
DISCRETION CAN EITHER BE EXERCISED OR ABUSED AND I MUST CONCLUDE IN THIS CASE
THAT IT WAS ABUSED.))
OUT Q=that it was abused.
Phillips remains on administrative leave, but he and his attorney say they
are considering the possibility of another appeal.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Fincastle))
Highway crews today shut down what could be Danville's most dangerous
But closing the crossover at Elizabeth Street and Route 265 isn't sitting
well with everyone.
Opponents who spoke at Danville City Council tonight say closing the
intersection will only create more problems.
They say it's not only inconvenient but could hamper response time for
SUPER=04-October 19, 1995;
V-DOT decided to close the intersection after two young children were killed
when the car they were riding in collided with a dump truck.
Opponents want the state to re-open the intersection and build the overpass
that was promised 17- years ago.
Many say now that the road is closed they or their loved ones will have to
travel an additional five miles to get home.
IN Q=You all
((MARTHA PICKERAL/OPPONENT:YOU ALL TALK ABOUT THESE KIDS GETTING KILLED, I'M
SORRY, BUT THESE PEOPLE NEED TO PUT THEIR GRIEF SOMEWHERE ELSE. YOU ALL GOING
TO FEEL THAT SORRY FOR ME IF MY HUSBAND GETS KILLED BECAUSE YOU ALL...ALL OF
THIS SHUT DOWN THE INTERSECTION.
REV. WAYNE WALLACE/OPPONENT: THE ONLY ANSWER TO THIS VERY VOLATILE SITUATION IS
FOR VDOT OR WHOEVER HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO COME THROUGH WITH THE OVERPASS
THAT WAS PROMISED THIS COMMUNITY. ))
SUPER=01-Martha Pickeral/Opponent; :00
SUPER=01-Rev. Wayne Wallace/Opponent; :21
OUT Q=this community.
More than a thousand residents have signed petitions against closing the
Danville officials will forward a letter to V-DOT outlining residents
Sunday's storms meant power outages for some and an electrical show for
others. But for one family it meant more.
Latasha White was at her aunt's home in Giles County when she was struck by
Jay Moore traveled to Rich Creek today- Jay how is this little girl doing?
It's been several days since the incident occurred...and already Latasha's
life appears to be getting back to normal.
She went back to school today and to look at Latasha you wouldn't have
thought this same 6- year- old was struck by lightning just four days ago.
Roll Cue: just four days ago.
SUPER=01-Latasha White/Lightning Victim; :08 QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-Charlene Vaughn/Latasha's Aunt; :19
SUPER=03-Rich Creek; :26
OUT Q=when it's lightning.
(( Latasha and her aunt were standing in the doorway watching the storm when
the lightning hit.
IN Q=We saw a
((LATASHA WHITE/LIGHTNING VICTIM: WE SAW A BLUE LIGHT AND BOOM...BAM.))
Charlene Vaughn says she'll never forgot that day or the look on her niece's
IN Q=She starting
((VAUGHN: SHE STARTING SHAKEN REAL BAD, JERKIN. HER EYES WERE ROLLIN BACK IN
HER HEAD. I REALLY THOUGHT SHE WAS DYIN'.))
OUT Q=was dying.
Latasha was blinded for about 15 minutes...
Luckily she regained her sight.. but she still has problems with her left
Her aunt also believes she felt a part of the strike.
IN Q=I felt like
((CHARLENE VAUGHN/WHITE'S AUNT: I FELT LIKE ELECTRICITY RAN DOWN MY WHOLE BODY
AND SO I GRABBED LATASHA AND SHE WAS AS STILL AS SHE COULD BE.))
OUT Q=could be.
Fortunately, Latasha is once again active.
She returned to Peterstown Elementary with some advice for her classmates.
IN Q=Every parent
((WHITE: EVERY PARENT AND KIDS RUN IN THE HOUSE AND DON'T GO OUT WHEN IT'S
OUT Q=it's lightning.
And Jean I think that's good advice for us all to live by.
One interesting note...according to the National Weather Service the chances
of being struck by lightning are estimated to be 1 in 600- thousand.
Spring storms are still pounding down on much of the Midwest.
A tornado touched down in Northern Kentucky leaving a path of destruction.
Indiana also saw storms- high winds downed trees and ripped roofs off of
((JEANNIE SCHRINK/RESIDENT: FELT THE STAIRS START SHAKING AND BY THE TIME WE
HIT THE LANDING AT THE BASEMENT IT WAS LIKE A BOMB BLEW UP OR SOMETHING IT JUST
OUT Q=IT JUST EXPLODED."
Folks spent much of today
wading through the mess to recover their belongings.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, the Whitewater jury hears the President's
and a crackdown on child pornography results in dozens of searches across the
country---including one in our area.
Robin in Wx office
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Police have charged a Danville man with killing 29 year old Sandra Kay
A grand jury yesterday issued an indictment for involuntary manslaughter
against 23 year old Zachary Gilchrest.
DeShazo was shot and killed April 25th.
Police say her body was discovered lying next to a car at the intersection
of Grant Street and Seeland Avenue.
President Clinton says he did not lend money to his Whitewater partners.
The President's videotaped testimony played for jurors today.
SUPER=03-Little Rock, AK;
He's a witness for his former business partners- James and Susan McDougal-
The McDougals are accused of defrauding the government and two banks out of
about three million dollars.
So far it's the president's word against prosecution witness- Former Banker
Hale charges Clinton pressured him for an illegal loan-
In response the President says "Any suggestion that I tried to get money
from him or put pressure on him is simply not true. It never happened."
((SAM HEUER/MCDOUGAL ATTORNEY: YOU'VE GOT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
SAYING THAT THIS DIDN'T HAPPEN. MY CLIENT SAYS IT DIDN'T HAPPEN AND IF THE
HEART AND SOUL OF THE CASE IS NOT THERE, WHY GO ON.))
SUPER=01-Sam Heuer/McDougal's Attorney;
OUT Q=WHY GO ON."
The President was the final defense witness.
Suffolk Republican Robert Nelms told a Richmond court today he was NOT
guilty of indecent exposure. He was arrested in a city park in February.
The lawmaker turned himself in today and was fingerprinted.
A grand jury decided Monday to indict Nelms, even after a judge threw out
the initial charge on the grounds of legislative immunity.
Richmond police released vice crime statistics for city parks today, after
Nelms said he was the victim of a witch hunt.
IN Q=We have vice
((FRED RUSSELL/RICHMOND DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF: WE HAVE VICE OFFICERS ON A
REGULAR BASIS GOING THROUGH THESE PARTICULAR AREAS JUST TO KEEP A HANDLE ON
WHAT'S GOING ON. SO YOU KNOW THEY HIT THEM FAIRLY REGULARLY. IT'S NOT A TWO
MONTH SWEEP OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. THEY'RE IN THERE WEEKLY, SOMETIMES
SUPER=01-Fred Russell/Richmond Dep. Police Chief;
OUT Q=sometimes daily.
Nelms' attorney says he is researching legal precedent for reviving a charge
after it's thrown out on the grounds of immunity.
Nelms is scheduled for a jury trial next month.
Federal investigators are cracking down on child pornography. They searched
130 homes nationwide- including the home of an elderly man in Riner.
The sting started with the shutdown of what officials call the largest
commercial porn distribution center in the nation.
Elizabeth Kaledin reports.
SUPER=01-Kenneth Hunter/Chief U.S. Postal Inspector; 16
OUT Q=CBS News, New York."
((Authorities began getting complaints in late 1993 about obscene material from
a company called overseas male.
KENNETH HUNTER/CHIEF U.S. POSTAL INSPECTOR: WE ARE TALKING ABOUT CHILDREN AS
YOUNG AS SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE YEARS OLDS ENGAGED IN VARIOUS SEXUAL ACTS WITH
CHILDREN AND ADULTS.
Customs officials happened on the distributor of overseas male in 1993.
James Leroy Kemmish got caught red-handed trying to cross the border with 16
thousand dollars in cash and porno tapes. Officials say he was working with
Troy Anthony Frank - the alleged mastermind of the ring. Frank was found dead
in Mexico last year...an apparent suicide.
HUNTER: SHUTTING DOWN THE OPERATION WASN'T ENOUGH. THERE WAS A DEMAND SO WE
WENT AFTER THE BUYERS TOO.
The sting operation involved 130 searches across the country and has resulted
in 45 arrests to date. Dozens more are expected.
Elizabeth Kaledin, CBS News, New York.))
The man in Riner apparently bought a videotape. He has not been charged and
may not be.
Postal officials say the man is not considered a threat to the community-
-because of his age- -and therefore might NOT be worth prosecuting.
GRAPHIC=Stand for Children
Every day 15 children are killed by gunfire and close to three-thousand drop
out of school. That's according to statistics from the organization "Stand for
But the numbers are prompting action.
On June first, parents and educators will get together in Washington DC in a
Stand for Children.
The rally at The Lincoln Memorial will be for families and children.
Politicians are not invited to the event.
IN Q=we need to help
((MELISSA HAYS-SMITH/BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY SERVICES: WE NEED TO HELP CHILDREN
TO GROW IN HEALTHY WAYS AND NOT JUST TO REACT TO THEM WHEN THEY HAVE
SUPER=01-Melissa Hays-Smith/Blue Ridge Community Service
OUT Q=they have problems.
Organizers hope Stand for Children Day will encourage parents and
communities to focus on raising healthy and educated children.
They say June first will be a day of commitment, to leave no child behind.
IN Q=we have to educate
((LATONIA WHORLEY/TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY CHAIR: WE HAVE TO EDUCATE OUR
CHILDREN- A LOT OF OUR CHILDREN ARE BEING LEFT BEHIND BECAUSE THEIR PARENTS
CANNOT AFFORD EDUCATION FOR THEM.))
SUPER=01-Latonia Whorley/TAP Chair
OUT Q=education for them.
TAP is coordinating buses to take people to the rally.
MUSIC ON TAPE
When News 7 at 11 returns, Robin Reed will take a look at the weekend
and just days after losing his bid for City Council, a Roanoke Republican quits
MUSIC UP FULL
A former Roanoke council candidate is blasting the Republican party.
Jeff Artis says he's leaving the G-O-P because it practices "Plantation
Politics", and NOT because of sour grapes following his election loss.
Len Besthoff reports.
IN Q=I don't have
SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/Former Council Candidate; :00
SUPER=01-Ralph Smith/Roanoke Republican Chairman; :43
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
IN Q=I don't have
((JEFF ARTIS/FORMER COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE
MODERATE FACTION OF THE PARTY. MY ARGUMENT IS WITH THOSE PEOPLE, THE PAT
BUCHANAN TYPES, THE OLIVER NORTH TYPES, AND THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT WHO I FEEL ARE
RACIST BIGOTS AND HOMOPHOBIC, AND I CAN NO LONGER SUPPORT THEM.))
OUT Q=support them.
Jeff Artis says he's leaving the Republican party because of the way the
party and its local chairman treat African American members.
IN Q=I've been
((JEFF ARTIS/FORMER COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I'VE BEEN CRITICIZED BY MISTER SMITH
FOR GOING INTO THE BLACK COMMUNITY. HE TOLD ME THAT I WAS SPENDING TOO MUCH
TIME IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY, THAT I NEEDED TO SPEND MORE TIME AROUND WHITE
FOLKS. YOU KNOW, I MEAN, THE PARTY CHAIRMAN'S GONNA TELL ME THAT I CAN'T GO
CAMPAIGN AMONG MY PEOPLE?))
OUT Q=among my people.
IN Q=Ronald Reagan's
((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN: RONALD REAGAN'S 11TH COMMANDMENT IS
TO SPEAK NO ILL OF A FELLOW REPUBLICAN, BUT A COUPLE OF STATEMENTS HAVE BEEN
MADE THAT CONCERNS ME AND I FIND I MUST RESPOND.))
OUT Q=must respond.
Ralph Smith disagrees with Artis and says his party treats its African
Americans members well.
IN Q=Now when I
((SMITH: NOW WHEN I TRAVELED AROUND THE DISTRICT WITH JEFF LAST FALL I WASN'T
CALLED A RACIST. WHEN I HELPED ORGANIZE HIS MOST SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER LAST
FALL I WASN'T A RACIST.))
OUT Q=I wasn't a racist.
Another African American who ran on the same ticket and also lost disagrees
with Artis and callS his comments unfortunate.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
The Avalanche heads out of town riding a four game losing streak,
We'll check highlights from the NBA and the Roy Stanley Cup playoffs.
Plus, Tour Dupont doings and check out GQ George Lynch after we run through
tonight's ball park figures.
(/////Sports chyron motion/////)
Sports chyron motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score.
take a break
The Salem Avalanche started last night a game behind Durham in the
Carolina League's Southern Division, and was hoping to avoid a 4 game sweep at
the hands of Prince William.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs. Cannons;
This guy was hoping the Avalanche bats would come to life. They led 1-zip
But the Cannons touched starter Brent Crowther for 3 runs in the 4th.
Sandy McKinnon knocks this one over the head of John Guidice in center scoring
big Juan Thomas to tie things up.
Still in the 4th, Ben Boulware slaps this Crowther delivery between 3rd and
short for 2 RBI's and Prince William led 3-1 after 3 and a half.
Salem made things interesting, though. In the 7th, Pookie Jones with the
grounder into right scoring Brian Culp SUPER=34-Prince William/==4/Salem/==2;
to make it a 3-2 game. But the Cannons add an insurance run and win it 4 to 2.
The MIlwaukee Brewers handed the Boston Redsox their 21st loss of the season
today with a 17-to-2 rout of the Bosox.
SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI; :00
This was over in the first when the Brewers scored 6 runs.
Jose Valentin MIke Metheny and Turner Ward each drove in three runs in the
contest with the their lively lumber to key the Brewers 17-to-2 rout.
The Brewers pounded out 17 hits and picked up 10 walks as they posted their
highest run total of the year.
The Butch Hobson story took another interesting turn today.
The former Redsox manager was found in a Rhode Island hotel by federal agents
with 2 ounces of cocaine in his possession over the weekend.
SUPER=03-Mobile, AL/Monday; :00
Hobson returned home to Mobile, Alabama on Monday morning saying he did have
the cocaine but it was sent to him unknowingly in an overnight mailing
Today the man who sent the envelope, Jerry Poe, Hobson's former high school
teammate, says that's news to him.
Poe says the package contained literature about landfills in the state of
Roanoke County's top two softball programs went head to head this afternoon
as William Byrd battled Cave Spring at Darrell Shell field.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Terriers vs. Knights; :00
The Lady Knights were guarding their 11 and 2 record while the Lady
Terriers came into this one with a 12 and 2 mark.
In the bottom of the second, Cave Spring's Karry Whitney puts her team on
the board first with this solo home run to dead center field. Byrd answered in
the next inning.
Lady Terrier Jody Stuckey connects on the one bagger that brings in Brandy
Welch and the game is knotted at 1 a piece headed into the bottom of the third.
SUPER=34-Cave Spring/=11/William Byrd/==1;
That's when Whitney broke the game wide open. The senior cracks her second
homerun of the game with 2 runners a board. Cave Spring goes on to win 11 to 1.
The San Antonio Spurs have evened their best of seven Western Conference
semi-finals with the Jazz at a game a piece.
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX/TNT; :00
The Jazz won game one by 20 points at the Alamodome, and last night they
again had the Spurs on the ropes as the Mailman Karl Malone gets the steal and
the jam on David Robinson on the break.
But Robinson would put one in his own mailbox and wipe out Malone with the
Cory Alexander applauds the effort as the Spurs win it 88-o-77.
The eastern conference semi-finals were back in the spotlight last night as
the Stanley Cup playoffs continued.
The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Rangers 3-to-1 to take a commanding three
games to one lead in that series.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Penguins vs. Rangers; :00
And the Pens can thanks goalie Ken Wregget for the win.
Wregget made 16 of his 40 saves in the first period. Take a look at how he
turns back this barrage of shots from ALL KINDS of directions.
But any goalies must eventually use his head, and Wregget literally does that
as he covers this shot with his face mask in the crease. The Pens win 3-to-1.
The Panthers beat the Flyers 4-to-3 in overtime last night to tie that series
at 2 games apiece.
GRAPHIC=VISA TRIPLE CROWN
For the first time since 1985, when "Spend A Buck" failed to pursue the
Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby winner will miss next week's Preakness.
SUPER=03-Louisville, KY/ABC - Saturday; :00
Today the handlers for Derby winner "Grindstone" announced that they are
retiring the horse to stud, after bone chips were found in the thoroughbred's
The problem was discovered during the horse's first workout since the
dramatic win on Saturday.
Lance Armstrong finished back in the pack yesterday, but he still has
comfortable overall lead in the Tour Dupont after nine stages.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
The cyclists traveled 105 miles from Blowing Rock, North carolina to downtown
And for the first time during the Tour Dupont a member of the U.S. POstal
Service sponsored team won a stage.
Sven Tautenburg crossed the line first on Tryon Street in the center of the
Queen city as the business district shut down to watch the finish at two
Lance was 25th, his lead is nearly 2 minutes heading into today's 118 mile
ride from Rock HIll, South Carolinia to Greenville.
Still to come tonight some national publicity for George Lynch,
and organizers are hoping for a big turnout at the upcoming Commonwealth game
of Virginia later this Summer.
The Washington & Lee women's tennis team is one win away from capturing a
national championship out in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The Generals who are 19-and-0 on the season will play for the championship
today at noon.
The Commonwealth games are once again on the horizon for the Roanoke
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
Virginia Amateur Sports expects the 96 games to be bigger and better than
ever since this is also an olympic year.
And many athletes have already made COMMITMENTS to attend this years game.
IN Q="I think just
((PETER LAMPMAN/VAS PRESIDENT: ))
SUPER=01-Peter Lampman/VAS President; :00
OUT Q=...........in Atlanta."
SUPER=04-1995 Games; :
An estimated 10-thousand amateur athletes from throughout the state will be
competing in 44 different sports.
And one of the big draws this year is basketball.
IN Q="Basketball is
((STUART ISRAEL/VAS DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT: ))
SUPER=01-Stuart Israel/VAS Director of Development; :
OUT Q=........basketball team."
The games are scheduled July 12-th through the 14-th.
The NBA playoffs have been over for the Lakers George Lynch for about week,
and although George's playing time dropped significantly this season, he is
still getting some publicity.
An article in the April edition of EBONY magazine, lists Big George as one of
the NBA's most eligible bachelors.
The story entitled "Millionaire Hunks of the NBA" ranks George and his five
year $7 million dollar contract right up there with the likes of Penny Hardaway
and Grant Hill.
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