Chad Wheeler Released from Seattle Seahawks Amid Domestic Violence Allegations

Offensive lineman Chad Wheeler has been dropped from the Seattle Seahawks after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence last Friday.

In a statement issued Wednesday on Twitter, the NFL organization announced that the 27-year-old has been released amid the allegations.

“The Seahawks are saddened by the details emerging against Chad Wheeler and strongly condemn this act of domestic violence,” they said. “Our thoughts and support are with the victim. Chad is a free agent and no longer with the team. We encourage Chad to get the help he needs.”

Per a police report obtained by NBC News, last Friday, Wheeler allegedly strangled a woman with both hands but removed one at one point to cover her mouth and nose to impair her breathing.

According to court documents obtained by CNN on Thursday, prosecutors allege, “(Wheeler) viciously attacked the victim in her bedroom, strangling her at times with both hands.”

Citing court records, The Associated Press also reports that the woman later told investigators at the hospital that Wheeler told her to stand up and bow to him. When she refused, he allegedly threw her on the bed, choked her, and tried to smother her.

The police report adds that the woman lost consciousness for an unknown period of time.

When the woman woke up, the report says she allegedly heard Wheeler say, “Wow, you’re alive?” She then reportedly ran to the bathroom.

Per Kent Police, a friend of the woman called 911 to report she was locked in the bathroom. The report also alleges that the woman called 911 shortly after to say “she was being ‘killed’” and was heard screaming.

After officers forced their way into the apartment, they found both Wheeler and the woman locked inside. The report adds that the woman’s face was covered in blood and she was holding her left arm to her body, crying in pain.

When officers tried to arrest Wheeler, he allegedly resisted. CNN adds that an officer attempted to use a Taser to subdue Wheeler “with little effect.”

After eventually being detained, he allegedly said “‘I don’t beat women!’”

The woman told officers that she was aware that Wheeler had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had been not taking his medication recently. She also informed officers that Wheeler had a “rough week” and appeared to be having a manic episode.

Per county jail records, Wheeler was released Tuesday morning after posting $400,000 bond.

On Wednesday, Wheeler issued a statement on Twitter, apologizing to the woman and said the alleged incident was indeed the result of “a manic episode.” He also apologized to his family and teammates and said that he will be seeking help.

“It is time for me to walk away from football and get the help I need to never again pose a threat to another,” Wheeler wrote. “I cannot express my sorrow or remorse enough. I am truly ashamed.”

CNN reports that Wheeler faces charges of first-degree domestic violence assault, domestic violence unlawful imprisonment, and resisting arrest. He will enter a plea at his arraignment, scheduled for February 9.


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