August 23, 2014

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Browns’ Shaun Rogers avoids felony charge for gun

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers will enter a diversion program instead of facing a felony charge that he tried to carry a gun through airport security in April.

Under the deal approved Thursday in a Cleveland court, the charge will be dismissed if Rogers completes the program, including volunteer service and 10 hours in a gun class.

Police said Rogers had the semiautomatic handgun in a carry-on bag at Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport.

Attorney Pat D’Angelo says Rogers received no special treatment and has consistently given the same explanation — that he had forgotten he had the weapon in the bag.

D’Angelo says the diversion program could last up to one year and could include helping out at a program aimed at reducing school truancy.