Bengals Linebacker Nicholson Gets Work Program, Probation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Cincinnati Bengals linebacker A.J.
Nicholson was sentenced to 60 days in a sheriff's work program and
two years' probation for breaking into the apartment of a former
college teammate with an accomplice and stealing items worth

Circuit Judge Kathleen Dekker sentenced the former Florida State
player Monday. He pleaded no contest to burglary and grand theft
charges last month.

He and the accomplice took electronic equipment and other items
from the apartment of former Seminoles teammate Lorenzo Booker and
his two roommates last May, according to authorities.

Charges remain against another former Florida State player, Fred
Rouse, said Assistant State Attorney Frank Allman. Rouse, a wide
receiver, had been kicked off the team four months before the
break-in. A Bengals spokesman had no immediate comment Tuesday.

Nicholson, a fifth-round draft pick of the Bengals last year,
had a history of off-field problems at Florida State. He was
suspended for the 2006 Orange Bowl after violating team policy by
taking a woman to the team's Miami hotel. She accused him of sexual
assault, but Nicholson was not charged.

The Booker break-in was his first felony offense, and Dekker
rejected Allman's request for jail time. Booker and other victims
also wrote letters to the court on Nicholson's behalf.

Dekker agreed that if Ohio has a work program similar to
Florida's, he could serve that time there.