Alleah Taylor, the ex-girlfriend of Chad Wheeler, is speaking out about the alleged assault she suffered from the former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman.
In a sneak peek of an interview that will air Wednesday, Taylor sits down with CBS reporter Jericka Duncan to discuss the alleged January 22 incident, which resulted in her being hospitalized for serious injuries.
“I had touched my face and I had looked down and there was blood on my hand, and I remember getting up and running to the bathroom,” Taylor recalled.
Per court records, Taylor 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.
“Chad was standing by the bed, by the doorway, and he was sipping his smoothie and he was like, ‘Wow, you’re still alive?!’” Taylor said about the moments after the alleged assault.
“I’m grateful he didn’t grab me in that moment. I was able to run to the bathroom. He went back to the living room to continue eating,” she continued.
“I had texted his dad too and told him that Chad was trying to kill me. Chad’s dad called him while he was eating and I was in the bathroom. And he answered and he didn’t have any worry at all. Chad was like, ‘I’m just eating dinner, nothing’s going on.’ And that terrified me.”
TOMORROW: The ex-girlfriend of former Seattle Seahawks' Chad Wheeler is speaking out.— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 9, 2021
Alleah Taylor told @JerickaDuncan about the moments after last month's reported domestic assault.
We'll have more of our exclusive interview Wednesday on @CBSThisMorning. pic.twitter.com/JjggKpcbj3
After officers forced their way into the apartment, they found Taylor’s face covered in blood. They also saw that she was holding her left arm to her body, crying in pain.
Per police reports, three cops struggled to subdue Wheeler.
Eventually, Wheeler was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree domestic violence assault, one count of domestic violence unlawful imprisonment, and one count of resisting arrest. He has since pleaded not guilty.
Wheeler — who was released from the Seattle Seahawks over the incident — later apologized on Twitter and blamed his alleged actions on “a manic episode.”
Reportedly, Taylor told officers that she was aware that Wheeler had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had been not taking his medication recently. She also reportedly informed officers that Wheeler had a “rough week” and appeared to be having a manic episode.