Innocent until proven … wait, he did what?

Posted on January 19th, 2007 – 11:49 AM
By Michael Rand

The bizarre story of the Northern Colorado backup punter accused of stabbing the starter in September is scheduled to take another turn with a preliminary hearing today. Mitch Cozad, the accused, could face up to 48 years in prison if convicted. And all, it seems, because he wanted very badly to be the one to kick the ball on fourth down instead of Rafael Mendoza, who had a three-to-five inch deep knife wound in his leg to prove it. The good news? Cozad was able to pay his $500,000 bail by writing, “If I did it,” a *fictional* account of how he would have gone into Mendoza’s parking lot to gash him with a blade had he, you know, wanted to. Best part: A kicker had vanity plates reading 8-KIKR.

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