Former Browns player charged with attacking student

MIAMI (AP) - A judge reduced bond Thursday for a substitute
middle school teacher and former professional football player accused of throwing a seventh-grader over a desk and punching him.
Van Waiters, 38, was released on $5,000 bond Thursday, his
lawyer said. Bond was originally been set at $50,000.
"It's just a reflection of how weak this case is," attorney
Robyn Blake said.
Waiters was charged Wednesday with aggravated child abuse, a third-degree felony that carries a maximum five-year prison sentence. Prosecutors said he lifted the student by the neck, threw him over a desk and punched him April 10 at the Horace Mann Middle School.
Blake said her client acted in self defense, responding to a punch thrown by the student.
Waiters, a former linebacker for the Cleveland Browns (1988-91) and the Minnesota Vikings (1992), was reassigned after the incident.
He is to be arraigned May 14.
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