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Former Pitt football star accused of attempting to forge prescription

Saturday, August 24, 2002

By Milan Simonich, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

Former Pitt football star Jeff McCurley, now trying to win a job with the San Francisco 49ers, has been charged with two misdemeanors after officials said he tried to forge a painkiller prescription.

McCurley, 23, is accused of trying to illegally obtain Vicodin from a Lawrence County pharmacy in July.

District Attorney Matthew Mangino announced yesterday that a warrant had been issued for McCurley's arrest. McCurley is in California, trying to make the 49ers roster as a center.

He is charged with forgery and criminal attempt to obtain a prescription drug through misrepresentation.

Pennsylvania state police said in a court affidavit that McCurley altered a prescription for Celebrex written by Dr. Jay Porter. Celebrex is used to treat osteoarthritis.

Police said McCurley erased the word Celebrex, wrote "Vicodin" in its place and tried to have the prescription filled July 19 at Village Pharmacy in North Beaver.

McCurley's lawyer and agent, Ralph Cindrich, did not return phone calls seeking comment.

A spokesman for the 49ers said the team had nothing to say about the criminal complaint, preferring to leave any statements to Cindrich.

McCurley was a four-year starter at Pitt, from 1997-2000. A 6-foot-5, 290-pounder, he played on the defensive line as a freshman, then was converted to offense.

The 49ers signed McCurley in 2001, but he was placed on the injured reserve list before the season began. Healthy now, he was going through team meetings and practice yesterday.

McCurley grew up in Enon Valley in Lawrence County. At Mohawk High School, he was a first-team Parkway Conference all-star in football and a starter on the basketball team.

Milan Simonich can be reached at msimonich@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1956.

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