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Fever WR Phil Goodman Arrested After Practice, Suspended From Team

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Tri-Cities Fever receiver Phil Goodman is in jail and has been suspended from the team. He had violated his probation in his home state of California. Police in California  put a warrant out for him, and Richland police arrested Goodman immediately after practice on Thursday night at the fields behind Carmichael Middle School. Richland police took Goodman into custody on a fugitive from justice charge, meaning he was wanted in another state. That's the same charge that last year's coach, Tony Wells, was arrested on last October. Wells' charges were later dismissed. 
Goodman has to stay in jail for 72 hours and faces extradition to California.
KNDU could not confirm why he was on probation in California--or what the violation was -- but current coach Cedric Walker says police told him that it's drug-related.
Another incident has surfaced. Richland police told KNDU's Scott Reister that several weeks ago, Goodman was pulled over and was found with a suspended licence and marijuana.
Walker has suspended Goodman for the final three games of the season.
"it's like I told the guys at the beginning of the year, it's all about the character of the team," said Walker on Friday night. "Part of character is the choices that you make. He's made a bad choice. What was said to me from the officer, it happened last year. But he has had ample opportunities to get it taken care of. I don't think he did or we wouldn't be in this situation.
I hope Phil and his family are doing well. We said a prayer for him last night."
The 4-9 Fever host Amarillo Monday night in the final home game of the season. Goodman was second on the team with 20 receiving touchdowns this year.
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