December 25, 2008

Seau won’t press charges against fan

New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau said he does not plan to press charges against a fan who was arrested after tackling him on the sidelines of a game.

Todd Kobus, 31, of Attleboro, Mass., was arrested after jumping on Seau during Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, WCVB-TV, Boston, reported Thursday.

Kobus pleaded not guilty Monday to trespassing and assault and battery charges in Wrentham District Court. During the hearing, he referred to the incident as a stupid lapse in judgment.

I'm just a big fan of Junior Seau, Kobus told the court. I meant to give him a big hug. I absolutely did not mean to tackle him or anything along those lines.

A pre-trial hearing was set for February.

The Patriots said the season tickets of the person who either sold or gave Kobus his seat at Sunday's game have been pulled.