The NFL is increasing security for this week's draft
at Radio City Music Hall, with everyone subject to screenings,
including use of metal detectors and pat-downs, and searches of
Even league officials, players and their families will be subject to such measures.
The league said Tuesday that spectators who don't consent to the security requirements will be refused admission. The draft begins Thursday night and has sessions Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
All sports events have ramped up security since the Boston Marathon bombings last week.
"In light of the current state of affairs, we decided to make adjustments for the fans' safety," NFL security chief Jeff Miller told The Associated Press. "We had a concern about individuals that might want to replicate what occurred or approach another sporting type event. This is the first large event in New York City on the sports events side since the events in Boston."
Those adjustments also will mean about 20 percent more security personnel and increased K-9 explosive detective teams on site.
Miller was contacting some two dozen draft prospects who were invited to attend, along with their family members, to alert them to the enhanced security arrangements. He made it clear that when the league says everyone will be subject to the security checks, it means everyone.
"It includes me and my staff, and the commissioner, the players and families," Miller said.
Lions linebacker arrested: Detroit Lions linebacker Ronnell Lewis faces three misdemeanor charges following his arrest during an altercation at an Oklahoma bar.
Norman police records show that the 22-year-old Lewis was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with public intoxication, disturbing the peace and interference with a law enforcement officer.
Lewis played eight games for the Lions last season after being drafted in the fourth round out of Oklahoma.
Originally published by From Our Press Services.
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