09.23.07

Bi-Polar Barret Update

Posted in Gridiron, The Law at 3:18 pm by

The former All-Pro Oakland center behind one of the most popular commentary threads in CSTB’s short history is back in the public eye. Or he would be, if anyone knew what he looked like. The Miami Herald’s David Ovale explains.

Barret Robbins, the former NFL football player shot and wounded by a Miami Beach police officer after a brawl, is a fugitive.Robbins violated his Florida probation by failing to take medication for a bipolar disorder while living in his native Texas, authorities say.

”We will extradite him back to Florida,” Ed Griffith, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office, vowed Friday.

But police in Florida and Texas don’t know where he is.

Supervising Robbins was complicated by bureaucratic delays, because Robbins left Florida without ever having an official state corrections photo taken of him. The result was he never had a probation officer in Texas.

Robbins, 34, was shot multiple times on Jan. 15, 2005, by a Miami Beach officer. Three officers were responding to a burglary call at an office above a nightclub when they encountered the hulking football player. Three officers were injured — one had his head rammed through the wall.

On Friday, fliers were circulated to Miami Beach police officers warning them to be on the lookout.

”Robbins was a professional football player and is very agile and violent,” the flier reads.

But Robbins attorney, Edward O’Donnell, doubts his client has returned to Florida.

”The last place Barret is going to go is Miami Beach,” O’Donnell stressed.

Robbins’ former club is in action today at the The Black Hole against the visiting Browns. Derrick Burgess isn’t in uniform for the Raiders, and Fernando Jimenez Gonzalez is expected to miss the game as well. Burgess is suffering from a calf injury, while Gonzalez — not to our knowledge, an Oakland fan, drowned in a vat of sulfuric acid.

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