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Bullard suspension reduced to eight games

July 3, 2003 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release

CHICAGO - As a result of an appeal, OL/DL THADDEUS BULLARD'S one-year ban from af2 has been reduced to an eight-game suspension retroactive to Week 10, the af2 League office announced today. Bullard, traded to the Florida Firecats on June 2, will be eligible to play in the final week of the regular season when the Firecats play the Columbus Wardogs.

Bullard was involved in an off-field altercation with another player after a game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as a member of the Greensboro Prowlers on May 23 and was initially suspended for one calendar year. Bullard immediately appealed the decision and af2 Executive Director JAY MARCUS reviewed the case.

Marcus received and reviewed statements from coaches and players involved in the altercation. In addition, Marcus took into consideration Bullard's extensive record of service to the youth of his community and the lasting positive impact that he has made in the lives of at-risk children. Moreover, Bullard advised Marcus that he regrets the incident, and that he was confident that there would be no altercations of this nature in the future.

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