A Violent Turn

Jan. 24, 2005
Jan. 24, 2005

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Jan. 24, 2005

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A Violent Turn

For former Raider Barret Robbins, the center will not hold

In the fall of 2003 former Raiders center Barret Robbins compared living with bipolar disorder to sitting behind the wheel of a car with a faulty steering wheel and no brakes. It appears the onetime All-Pro, who disappeared two years ago on the eve of the Super Bowl, lost control again. Last Saturday, Robbins, 31, was shot and critically wounded during a struggle with a Miami Beach police officer investigating a burglary at an office building. Robbins suffered multiple wounds to the chest and on Monday was in critical but stable condition; he was expected to be charged with trespassing and battery of a police officer.

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After the Super Bowl fiasco, Robbins was treated for alcoholism and diagnosed as bipolar. He made a brief return to the Raiders, but knee problems and a positive test for steroids led to his release. He has since struggled to find direction: He opened a recording studio and invested in a construction project but was charged with battery after a Christmas Eve fight. His agent, Drew Pittman, last spoke to him a few days before that arrest. "He didn't sound good," Pittman said. "I think he's been trying to find his way."

COLOR PHOTORON SCHWANE/ICON SMI (ROBBINS)SNAPPED Since going AWOL at the Super Bowl two years ago, Robbins has been diagnosed as bipolar.COLOR PHOTOKIRBY LEE/WIREIMAGE.COM (ROBBINS INSET)   [See caption above.]