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January 28, 2005

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Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (via Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service); 1/26/2005

Byline: Steve Corkran

Former Raiders All-Pro center Barret Robbins' run-in with Miami Beach police Jan. 15 came as no surprise to his wife based on his recent pattern of manic behavior, she said in an interview that aired Wednesday on ESPN.

Barret Robbins, 31, remains in a coma in a Miami hospital as a result of his being shot by Miami Beach police after he attacked them during a burglary investigation. He was charged with three counts of attempted felony murder.

"I've been dreading it," Marisa Robbins said in the interview. "I've been dreading getting a phone call to where something drastic like that's happened."

Barret Robbins was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and alcoholism soon after he disappeared from the Raiders the day before the Super Bowl two years ago and was suspended from playing in the game.

He spent 31 days at the Betty Ford Center undergoing counseling and treatment before rejoining the Raiders in time for the 2003 season. He played in nine games that year but was released before last season after he failed a physical on his right knee. He has not played since.

Yet, Barret Bobbins' struggles have continued. He was arrested for battery and drunk and disorderly conduct in San Francisco on Dec. 24 after he allegedly struck a security guard.

Several other incidents likely triggered Robbins' abnormal behavior, Marisa Robbins said.

One reportedly involved Marisa Robbins' taking the couple's two children and moving to Southern California in September after an argument prompted their 3-year-old daughter to intervene.

In December, Marisa Robbins said, Barret Robbins was found wandering around the parking lot of a hospital. Police escorted Robbins to the hospital. He was transferred to a psychiatric facility and placed on a 72-hour watch.

Marisa Robbins obtained a restraining order in response to this episode. Barret Robbins bolted from the hospital upon learning of the restraining order. Police found Robbins and dropped him off at a friend's house. Robbins wound up in Miami one week or so later.

Police found Barret Robbins hiding in a women's bathroom inside an office building in Miami Beach. Marisa Robbins said she thinks her husband likely didn't know where he was or what he was doing.

Robbins is in police custody at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Marisa Robbins visited her husband. She said he is strapped down, his legs immobilized, a ventilator assisting his breathing.

"He doesn't look like he's going to live," Marisa Robbins said. "He looks that bad."

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