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UPDATE: Did Donald Driver's Dad Lie?

UPDATED Sunday, January 11, 2009 --- 6:30 a.m.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Police Officers' Union wants an investigation of Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver's father, alleging he lied about a police beating and being forced to swallow cocaine.

The union sent a letter to Harris County District Attorney Pat Pykos requesting a perjury investigation of Marvin Driver Jr. after an internal investigation cleared three officers of wrongdoing in the elder Driver's arrest.

Union attorney Aaron Suder told The Associated Press today that the union is pursuing the case in part because the publicity it received.

Suder says Driver defamed officers in a very public way. Driver says he didn't lie about the incident.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Wednesday, December 31, 2008 --- 8:20 a.m.

HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston police say there is no evidence that three patrol officers assaulted the father of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver last month.

Houston police said Tuesday their investigation concluded that 56-year-old Marvin Driver did not have injuries consistent with a recent assault. The department said "the investigation could not prove or disprove Mr. Driver's allegations."

Marvin Driver, who had been in critical condition after the alleged November assault, claimed the officers beat him after he was stopped for outstanding traffic warrants.

The department said the three officers will return to normal duty.

Driver's family could not be immediately reached for comment.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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UPDATED Friday, November 21, 2008 --- 4:25 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Green Bay Packers veteran wide receiver Donald Driver returns to practice after missing two days to travel to Houston to see his father, who the family says was beaten by police early Monday morning.

Driver says he's doing fine and his dad is OK too. He says they talked about what happened Monday, and then his dad told him to get back to work.

Marvin Driver Junior remains in good condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital. He was arrested early Monday for outstanding traffic warrants but claims two officers beat him before taking him to jail.

Donald Driver says he's been talking to the Houston police internal affairs division about the case, and he's confident that when they learn something, they'll let him know.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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UPDATED Friday, November 21, 2008 --- 11:20 a.m.

From NBC15 News Partner, WITI-TV:

HOUSTON -- Two Houston police officers involved in the arrest of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver's father have been relieved of patrol duty. Marvin Driver Jr. has been hospitalized since Sunday.

Officers Gilberto Cruz and Bacilio Guzman have been relieved of patrol duty pending the outcome of the investigation. They will continue to do administrative work as part of the Teleserv unit taking in police reports. Another officer has also been removed from patrol duty.

Driver Jr. says the two officers took him behind a local gas station, beat him and made him swallow something.

"Number one, we just got the allegations, we have not completed our preliminary investigation and I have not been briefed on the interview with Mr. Driver or the witnesses," said Hurtt.

NFL star Donald Driver had a brief visit to Houston to be with his father at Memorial Hermann Hospital. He has already returned to Green Bay.

His uncle tells FOX 26 News in Houston that Driver will likely refrain from commenting on the case until all the facts come to light.

Click HERE for coverage from WITI TV in Milwaukee

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UPDATED Thursday, November 20, 2008 --- 11:21 p.m.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver returned to Titletown Thursday night after visiting with family in Houston.

HOUSTON (AP) -- Driver's father is reported in good condition at the hospital Thursday, after his family says he was beaten up by two police officers when he was stopped for outstanding traffic warrants.

A spokeswoman for Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center says Marvin Driver, Jr., 56, was upgraded last night from critical condition to good condition.

The family has said in a statement that Driver was to be taken to jail after being stopped, but was beaten before getting there. The family says that Driver has been able to communicate through notes.

Houston police issued a statement saying that after the arrest, Driver was placed in the back of a patrol unit, and when he got to jail he was unresponsive and paramedics were called.

Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt told reporters he intends the investigation into what happened to be transparent. He said a preliminary report on the internal affairs probe should be completed soon.

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UPDATED Thursday, November 20, 2008 --- 11:40 a.m.

HOUSTON (AP) -- The father of Green Bay Packers' wide receiver Donald Driver is in critical condition, at last report, and his family wants the two police officers who allegedly beat him taken off the street.

The Houston Chronicle reports his family wants the officers they say are responsible for causing 56-year-old Marvin Driver Jr. to suffer a brain hemorrhage taken off the streets until the investigation is complete.

A call early this morning to Memorial Hermann Hospital - The Texas Medical Center seeking an update on Driver's condition wasn't immediately returned.

The family issued a statement yesterday saying Driver was stopped for outstanding traffic warrants early Monday and was to be taken to jail, but was beaten before getting there.

Houston police say they're investigating and that both accused officers remain on duty pending further investigation.

Houston television station KHOU reported Driver has been using paper towels to write what happened to him.

Driver wrote that the officers, whom he said he knew personally, took him to a station, kicked him in the stomach, elbowed him in the neck and forced something down his throat.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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Posted Wednesday, November 19, 2008 --- 4:30 p.m.

From NBC15's News Partner, WLUK in Green Bay:

GREEN BAY - Marvin Driver Jr., the father of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, has been hospitalized in Houston, with Driver's family claiming he was beaten by police.

According to a statement issued by the family, Marvin Driver Jr. was stopped by Houston police for outstanding traffic warrants and was to be taken to jail.

"Later, the family found out he never made it to the jail, he was picked up by the paramedics several blocks from his parents home laying in the street bloody and unconscious and the police were no where to be found. Mr. Marvin Driver Jr. is now at Hermann Hospital in ICU where he can't even speak and doctors say there is some bleeding on his brain from blunt force trauma... Mr. Driver Jr. is able to communicate through notes were he has described the torture he went through at the hand of HPD officers." the statement says.

Houston police dispute the claim, however, and issued the following statement:

"Mr. Marvin Driver Jr. was arrested during a traffic stop and placed into custody on outstanding traffic warrants about 1:30 am on Monday (Nov 17). Officers placed him in the back seat of a patrol unit and transported him to our Southeast Jail at 8300 Mykawa Road. Upon arrival to the jail, our officers stated Mr Driver was unresponsive. One of our jail doctors examined Mr. Driver and advised officers to contact HFD paramedics. HFD then transported Mr. Driver to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

The Houston Police Department's Internal Affairs Division investigates allegations of police misconduct. The allegations being raised by Mr. Driver's family are that injuries he sustained following his arrest were the result of an assault on Mr. Driver by two HPD officers.

We take allegations such as these very seriously and will begin a thorough investigation into the matter. The two officers remain on duty pending further investigation."

FOX 11's attempt to reach Herrmann hospital for a condition update was unsuccessful.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Driver is excused from practice today and tomorrow for a "personal situation" but declined to comment further. McCarthy expects Driver to be back to play Monday night against New Orleans.

Click HERE to read report from WLUK Green Bay


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