August 18, 2017

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the dismissal of a gun charge against an NFL linebacker (all times local):

8 p.m.

An NFL linebacker who had a New Jersey gun charge against him dropped says people started looking at him differently and accusing him of being a thug and a monster even though the case against him ''was false.''

Former Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Khaseem Greene's lawyer says the gun charge was dropped last month because the man who said he gave Greene a weapon admitted he lied.

Greene said Friday by phone the legal trouble has been ''probably the toughest time'' of his life ''emotionally and mentally.''

Greene's attorney provided to NJ.com an audio recording of the other man telling detectives he lied about Greene's involvement in a shooting outside a nightclub in Elizabeth.

Prosecutors say they can't comment on specifics of the case.

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12:05 a.m.

An attorney for a former NFL linebacker says a gun charge against his client has been dropped because the man who said he gave him a weapon admitted he lied.

NJ.com reported (http://bit.ly/2wVi04v ) this week the charges against Khaseem Greene were dismissed by a judge on July 17 after a request from prosecutors.

His attorney, Joshua McMahon, provided an audio recording to NJ.com that includes the other man telling detectives in Elizabeth that he lied about Greene's involvement.

A criminal complaint reported that Greene was seen on camera handing a gun to another man who fired into a crowd.

McMahon says the audio recording proves prosecutors moved forward with charges even though the other man admitted he lied.

The prosecutors' office said it couldn't comment on specifics of the case.

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