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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Charges dropped against boxer Tommy Morrison

By Stan Finger
The Wichita Eagle

Drug charges against former boxing champion Tommy Morrison were dropped on Tuesday, the same day a preliminary hearing was scheduled in Sedgwick County District Court.

Morrison was arrested on March 4, 2010, outside a North Market fitness club, according to police records. He was eventually charged last April with possession of marijuana with a prior conviction and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police had gone to the club in response to a report of a suspicious person. In an interview with an Eagle reporter the day after the arrest, Morrison said he frequented the fitness club and would sit in his car, reading the Bible and meditating, before going inside to lift weights.

Morrison, an Oklahoma native, said at the time that he had moved to Wichita nine months earlier to be involved with the Tommy Morrison Children's Foundation and that he wanted it to become a camp for terminally ill children.

In a financial affidavit he filled out for the court, Morrison said he is now married and lives in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and that he has no savings or property.

Morrison became the heavyweight boxing champion in 1993 by beating George Foreman. He had previously starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in 1990's "Rocky V."

Contact Stan Finger at 316-268-6437.

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