Pitt's Sheard ordered to pay costs and apologize

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University of Pittsburgh football player Jabaal Sheard pleaded guilty today to a summary charge of disorderly conduct in connection with a fight on the South Side last month.

District Judge Robert Ravenstahl ordered Mr. Sheard, 21, of Hollywood, Fla., to pay the medical bills of the man he was fighting, pay court costs and apologize to his opponent, Edward Parker, 27, of Stanton Heights.

Police said Mr. Sheard, a defensive end, refused to stop fighting and then hurled Mr. Parker through a glass door even after a police officer hit him repeatedly with his baton.

Mr. Sheard, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior, was suspended from the team after the incident. Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said today that Sheard has been reinstated and will be subject to internal team discipline and accountability.

Jim McKinnon: jmckinnon@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1939.


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