As former NFL defensive end Charles Haley moves closer to another opportunity to enter the Hall of Fame, his name is in the news for the wrong reasons.
According to the Associated Press, Haley has been issued a citation after allegedly slapping a woman on the buttocks during the Cowboys’ win over the Dolphins on Thanksgiving. The police report claims that a third party corroborated the woman’s contention.
Haley, who won five Super Bowls with the 49ers and Cowboys during a 13-year career, faces no jail time for the incident. He’ll either pay a fine or fight the matter in a court of law.
Though off-field incidents during or after a player’s NFL career technically aren’t considered when determining whether a player’s bronze bust will be displayed in Canton, the voters routinely are influenced by outside factors in close cases. But for his reputation with the media and/or his choice of locker-room hobbies, Haley arguably already would have been inducted.