August 23, 2014
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) - Former NFL place-kicker Tony Zendejas has sued the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, claiming he was harassed for seven years before facing rape charges on which he was eventually acquitted.
Zendejas' $2 million suit claims he was charged with rape without foundation. A Los Angeles County sheriff's official declined comment on Monday.
Zendejas was acquitted in March of charges of drugging a woman at his San Dimas restaurant last year and raping her. He was initially charged with four felony sex counts - two of which were dismissed during the trial.
Zendejas played for the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers, Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers before retiring in 1995.
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