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Police say Rison lied about identity
 Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Andre Rison was accused by police of giving them false information after a bar fight.

Rison was waived Monday, a week after receiving the citation in River Falls, Wis., site of the team's training camp.

Rison was not arrested for the Aug. 7 incident, and the citation is not a criminal offense. Police said no charges are pending, but Rison was fined $219.50 and has an appearance in municipal court set for Sept. 13.

Kansas City coach Gunther Cunningham said that the club was aware of the citation, but that it was not a factor in Rison's release.

"I can't speak for Andre off the field," Cunningham said. "I've told him. I've handled him in-house. Carl (Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson) has talked to him numerous times that he has to take care of business off the field."

Police reports in River Falls indicate that in the early-morning hours of Aug. 7, a verbal confrontation at a River Falls bar involving Chiefs players and other people escalated into a fight.

One of the people reportedly involved identified himself to police as Brock Middlebrook, but one of the officers recognized him as Rison.

Rison has a history of legal problems. Most recently, he was accused of stealing a $1,000 tape recorder from an Overland Park, Kan., business. That trial is set for next month.