Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Chad Wheeler bonded out on $400,000 bail from King County (Wash.) Correctional Facility on Tuesday following a weekend arrest on suspicion of felony domestic violence.
According to a Kent Police report, the alleged victim was attacked by Wheeler last Friday night after he asked her to stand up and bow to him. When she declined, Wheeler allegedly grabbed her by the neck and threw her on the bed, per the report. Wheeler then proceeded to strangle the victim and at one point he removed one of his hands to press it against the victim’s mouth and nose “trying to stop her from breathing as he continued to strangle her with his other hand.”
Wheeler also allegedly grabbed the victim’s left arm at one point and twisted it to prevent her from fighting back. The victim eventually lost consciousness, per the report, and after she came to, Wheeler allegedly said, “Wow you’re alive?” The victim then locked herself in the bathroom to call family and authorities.
Per police, the victim had “noticeable fingerprints on both sides of her neck as well as capillaries that had burst at the back of her throat.” Her left elbow also was swollen and deformed.
“The Seahawks are saddened by the details emerging against Chad Wheeler and strongly condemn domestic violence,” the team said in a statement Wednesday. “Our thoughts and support are with the victim. Chad is a free agent and no longer with the team. If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.”
“We encourage Chad to get the help he needs. If you are experiencing mental health issues, please reach out for help. For immediate help with a mental health crisis or thoughts of suicide: contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TRS: 1-800-799-4889).”
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the league is currently reviewing the matter under its personal-conduct policy. Wheeler, who appeared in five games this past season in Seattle, is scheduled to be a restricted free agent.
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