The Seattle Seahawks release their official statement on Wednesday regarding former offensive tackle Chad Wheeler after he got out of jail.
Police officers arrested Wheeler, who is a free agent, on Saturday morning in connection with an alleged domestic violence case. He is out of jail after posting $400,000 bail on Tuesday night.
Pictures show his unnamed girlfriend’s face with bruises and swelling. Chad Wheeler is accused of assaulting a woman in an apartment in Kent, Wash. When police officers arrived at the scene, she told them that she also suffered a dislocated arm and was bleeding.
According to one report, Wheeler allegedly threw his unnamed girlfriend, strangled her, and she lost consciousness. She was able to regain consciousness, though, and lock herself in a bathroom where she called 9-1-1.
Wheeler was reportedly uncooperative with police officers. Officers walked into the apartment after hearing the woman screaming and Chad Wheeler was standing over her.
Seahawks Gathered Information On Chad Wheeler Incident
On Monday night, the Seahawks’ only statement regarding Chad Wheeler and the incident was that they were “aware of the situation and still gathering information.”
Apparently, they gathered enough information to release their statement on Wednesday. Here it is from the team’s official PR account on Twitter.
The team says it strongly condemns this act of domestic violence.
Seahawks officials emphasized that Chad Wheeler is a free agent and no longer with the team.
They also listed the numbers for the National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-7233) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255).
Emmanuel Acho Calls Out Wheeler, NFL On Social Media
Former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho posted about the issue on social media. He shared a photo of the woman before and after the claimed altercation.
“Chad Wheeler of the @Seahawks tried to kill his girlfriend because she wouldn’t bow to him,” Acho wrote. “He was even surprised at her survival. If you’re not outraged, you’re part of the problem. @NFL handle this swiftly & decisively.”
This isn’t the first time that NFL players have been involved in domestic violence cases. Besides Wheeler, current or former NFL players whose cases have been in the spotlight include Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Ezekiel Elliot, Kareem Hunt, and Ben Roethlisberger.
Meanwhile, the NFL has been aware of these domestic violence cases and reportedly has been working with teams on raising awareness.