Seattle Seahawks lineman, Chad Wheeler, is now out of jail following his arrest on domestic violence charges.
King County Jail released him on Tuesday morning. Wheeler was arrested early Saturday morning with a $400,000 bail bond.
He’s accused of assaulting a woman in Kent, a suburb in Seattle. The two were at an apartment in the area. The woman told police her arm was dislocated and she was bleeding.
Wheeler allegedly threw the woman on the bed. He then strangled her until she lost consciousness. Then picked the lock for the bathroom door she was hiding in after gaining consciousness. When she woke up he reportedly said, “Wow you’re alive?” The woman called 911 from the bathroom.
According to TMZ, Wheeler was uncooperative with officers. They walked in after hearing screaming from the apartment and Wheeler was standing over the woman.
The Seahawks released a statement saying, “We are aware of the situation and still gathering information.”
Wheeler is a free agent who joined the Seahawks in October 2019.
NFL History of Domestic Violence
News of domestic violence or violence against women tends to be a major headline in NFL news far too frequently. There have been several investigations as to why there is so much violence against women amongst athletes. It’s tough to pinpoint exactly. However, clearly, the league has a problem.
For the NFL, things seem to just be getting worse.
Ray Rice’s case helped the league set more strict guidelines when disciplining players. Rice was arrested for the assault of his then-fiancée Janay Palmer. He then dragged her unconscious body.
The league only banned Rice from two games and fined him $58,000. After backlash over this decision, the league changed the punishment to a six-game suspension. However, there’s a lifetime ban for more than one incident.
However, even after stricter regulations, the league has seen more incidents like Rice’s and Wheeler’s. Other players like Greg Hardy, Ezekiel Elliot, Kareem Hunt, Reuben Foster, Ben Roethlisberger, and several others have all been accused of similar charges.
Prior to new regulations, the punishments for this kind of thing were very inconsistent.
“The NFL has failed to lead on the issue of domestic violence & sexual assault by its players. These heinous crimes must be taken more seriously with greater oversight & accountability,” U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal wrote on Twitter regarding the issue.