Former NFL player from Texas says he's innocent of stalking violation

Greg Spires. (File)
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Greg Spires says he is innocent in a video arraignment Monday from jail in Concord, New Hampshire.

The 44-year-old Spires, of Cypress, was a defensive end in the National Football League who played for the Patriots from 1998-2000.

He remained in the NFL until 2007, playing one season for the Cleveland Browns and six for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Concord Monitor reports the stalking petition granted Thursday says Spires isn't to be within 500 feet of his daughter.

His daughter says Spires showed up for her high school sporting event, even though she hasn't seen or talked to him in years.

Police say Spires went to the school Friday.