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Former New England Patriots Player Says He's Innocent Of Stalking Violation

Greg Spires, a former NFL football player accused of violating a protective order in Concord, N.H. (Concord Police Department via AP)
Greg Spires, a former NFL football player accused of violating a protective order in Concord, N.H. (Concord Police Department via AP)

A judge set bail at $50,000 for a former New England Patriots player accused of violating a protective order.

Greg Spires says he is innocent in a video arraignment Monday from jail in Concord, New Hampshire. Spires was charged with misdemeanor stalking and was held without bail over the weekend.

The 44-year-old Spires, of Cypress, Texas, was a defensive end in the National Football League who played for the Patriots from 1998-2000. He remained in the NFL until 2007, playing one season for the Cleveland Browns and six for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Concord Monitor reports the stalking petition granted Thursday says Spires isn't to be within 500 feet of his daughter.

His daughter says Spires showed up for her high school sporting event, even though she hasn't seen or talked to him in years. Police say Spires went to the school Friday.

Police also previously said Spires has a history of domestic violence.

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