Parcells Reprimanded For Calling Player `She'

Posted: August 28, 1996

New England Patriots coach Bill Parcells has been admonished by owner Robert Kraft for referring to rookie wide receiver Terry Glenn as ``she.''

Kraft said yesterday that he was offended by the remark and had told Parcells. ``That's not the standard we want to set. That's not the way we do things,'' Kraft said. ``It's just like there was a player last year that gave the finger to the crowd: He's not here anymore.''

Patriots observers say Parcells, who did not return a call seeking comment, has similarly addressed other players in the past. But it attracted more attention this time because of the draft-day power struggle over whether to select the Ohio State wideout in the first place.

Parcells wanted to take a defensive player with the No. 7 pick overall, but the Patriots took Glenn because of Kraft's feeling that the team needs to improve its offense to compete for a Super Bowl title.

Then, Glenn injured his hamstring and missed the entire exhibition season with what Parcells insisted was a mild strain. Asked about Glenn one day at training camp, Parcells said: ``She's making progress.''

STEELERS. Pittsburgh placed defensive end Ray Seals, who suffered a torn rotator cuff during the preseason, on the injured reserve list and re-signed guard Tom Myslinski.

Seals, 31, had a career-best 8 1/2 sacks and 48 tackles last year with a team-high 41 quarterback pressures in 16 starts. Seals signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent in 1994 after playing five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Myslinski, who was released Saturday, started nine games in 1995 for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Steelers in April.

RAVENS. Baltimore is said to be interested in acquiring RB Ericct Rhett from the Tampa Bay Bucs.

The Tampa Tribune reported that the Ravens were willing to offer running back Leroy Hoard and two draft picks to the Buccaneers for Rhett.

Rhett, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons with the Bucs, has held out of training camp in a contract dispute. He is scheduled to make $336,000 in the final year of his three-year contract.

New Orleans, San Diego and San Francisco also are said to be interested in trading for Rhett.

RAIDERS. Injury-plagued quarterback Jeff Hostetler will miss the season opener Sunday in Baltimore with strained ligaments in his right knee.

Hostetler, 35, missed five games last year with an assortment of injuries and had surgery on his left shoulder in December.

Backup Billy Joe Hobert will start Sunday. Hobert played four games for the injured Hostetler last year and completed 44 of 80 passes for 540 yards and six touchdowns with four interceptions.

In another development, a highly paid consultant hired to help sell Raiders tickets and recoup the cost of renovating the Oakland Coliseum has quit in frustration.

Don Perata said he resigned last week because of the disorganization of the Oakland Football Marketing Association. Perata, a former Alameda County Supervisor and state Assembly candidate, was being paid $12,000 a month.

PANTHERS. Carolina released outside linebacker Darion Conner and swapped punters by waiving Kevin Feighery and signing Rohn Stark.

Conner, 28, started all 16 games for the Panthers last year and finished second on the team with eight sacks. He was involved in a contract dispute with the team in the offseason, and the team subsequently signed unrestricted free agents Kevin Greene and Duane Bickett.

When Conner agreed to a one-year contract, he was moved from the left side to the right. The emergence of Greene and Bickett limited Conner to one start in the exhibition season, which ended with him listed as Lamar Lathon's primary backup on the right side.

Stark, 38, was released by Pittsburgh in training camp after averaging 40.1 yards on 59 punts for the Steelers last year, his 13th in the NFL.

Feighery, 22, a free agent from the Merchant Marine Academy, averaged 40.7 yards on 11 punts in the exhibition season. He had one punt blocked.

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