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Assault complaint made against Lions' Rogers

DETROIT (June 11, 2007) -- A stripper is claiming she was inappropriately touched by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.

Police and prosecutors are reviewing the claims, Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the Wayne County prosecutor's office, said.

The complaint was made to authorities early June 8 by the woman, who dances at a club on Detroit's west side. Police have submitted a criminal sexual conduct warrant request to the prosecutor's office, but Miller said charges were not expected to be filed June 11. The Detroit police sex crimes unit also was investigating the complaint.

"We're reviewing the reports that we have," Miller said. "We're going to talk to the victim and any relevant witnesses."

Miller would not say whether police or her office had spoken to Rogers or if he was at the club when the complaint was made.

Team officials are aware of the complaint.

"We're gathering information and have no further comment," said Lions spokesman Bill Keenist.

An e-mail seeking comment was sent to Rogers and a telephone message seeking comment was left with his agent, Kennard McGuire.

Detroit drafted the 6-foot-4, 345-pound Rogers in the second round in 2001 out of Texas. He signed a six-year contract following the 2004 season.

Rogers was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2004 and 2005, but last season was marred by his four-game suspension for taking a banned substance to control his weight. Rogers also missed the last four games with a knee injury.

He played in only six games, finishing 2006 with a disappointing 36 tackles and two sacks after reaching a career-high 5 1/2 sacks the previous season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has used the league's toughened personal-conduct policy to punish players involved in off-field incidents, including Chicago's Tank Johnson, Tennessee's Adam "Pacman" Jones and Cincinnati's Chris Henry.

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