NFL to review Mack

BY GEOFF HOBSON

Bengals kick returner Tremain Mack went to jail for at least a month Tuesday morning for violating probation.

Mack could serve up to a year, but Hamilton County judge Ralph Winkler said he'll review the case Feb. 7.

The NFL said Tuesday it is reviewing if Mack now faces a possible suspension or fine under the league's player conduct policy.

Mack was led away in handcuffs to the Hamilton County Justice Center after pleading no contest to the violation of probation stemming from DUIs in 1997 and 1998 that landed him in jail for five months after the 1998 season.

"It's hopeful that based on his community service and other positive aspects of his treatment and aftercare that the sentence will be re-considered," said Perry Ancona, Mack's lawyer.

Mack, who went to last year's Pro Bowl, was caught on camera by Cincinnati television station WLWT-Channel 5 driving to and from his home and Paul Brown Stadium several times during the season. No more charges were added Tuesday.

Mack began his Pro Bowl season suspended for the first four games by NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue because of the arrests. He went on to set the Bengals' kick return record and lead the AFC with 27.1 yards per return.

Hampered by a tender ankle much of the season, Mack, 26, a four-year safety, had a mediocre season returning kicks. But later in the year he played more on passing situations and drew praise from the coaching staff.

"He has to pay a debt to society and we hope he can get beyond this and put it behind him for good," said Bengals President Mike Brown.

Mack's representatives have said he has been tested 10 to 20 times a month for alcohol since his previous sentence and hasn't had a problem. Ancona also cited Mack's numerous hours of community service.

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