Former UW Player Charged with Stalking Alvarez, Sharapova
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A former Wisconsin football player has been ordered to undergo a mental competency exam after being accused of making threats against athletic director Barry Alvarez, tennis star Maria Sharapova and their families.
Leonard Taylor Jr., 32, extradited from his home in Indianapolis, appeared Thursday in Dane County Circuit Court on charges of stalking and telephone harassment.
A criminal complaint said his father told police Taylor was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and hadn't taken his medication for three months.
Taylor was a Badgers defensive back from 1995-98, when Alvarez was coach.
The threatening messages were left last week on Alvarez's work voice mail.
A judge set bail at $5,000, and Taylor was ordered to have no contact with Alvarez.
Computerized court records do not list an attorney for Taylor.
Information from: WISC-TV, http://www.channel3000.com
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