THE SIDELINES : Canseco Won't Fight Gun Charge

From Times wire service s

Oakland Athletics' slugger Jose Canseco, the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1988, will plead no contest to gun charges, according to one of his attorneys.

Michael Stepanian also said Canseco will get rid of the flashy Jaguar linked to much of his recent trouble.

"He's not going to fight the courts," Stepanian said after a closed-door conference Thursday with Municipal Judge J. Dominique Olcomendy. "He's got the pennant to fight for. And as for the car, I can honestly say that in six months it won't be around." Canseco was cited for driving the 1989 car recklessly on a Florida freeway and for running a red light in Phoenix.

Canseco is accused of illegally carrying a loaded 9-millimeter handgun on the floorboard of the car during an April 21 visit to the University of California Medical Center at San Francisco.

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